Defensively Helpless. Forward to D
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02-13-2008, 06:07 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: North Shore, MA
Interesting site -- the animation shows where each player is supposed to go in a set situation and there's an explanation to the right of what happens. Anyway, I float between wing and defense and might be able to give you a few pointers.
When the puck's in the offensive zone:
Try to hold the puck in at the blueline. You and your defensive partner should be at about 1/3 of the way from one of the side boards. Wingers are responsible for the boards, defensemen for the center slot. Make sure if an opposing player leaves the zone looking for a breakout pass that one defenseman is covering him, even if he has to leave the zone. If that happens, the second defenseman should move to the center of the blueline. Pinch in (offensively) only if a forward rotates back to cover your position.
When the puck's in the neutral zone, other team carrying the puck:
Make sure you're closer to your goal than anyone on the other team and keep moving. The last thing you want is to get caught flat footed with a player skating by you. Try to stay on the inside of the ice forcing him to skate along the boards and cutting off his options. You can go for a poke check (or a hip check) so long as it doesn't put your out of position.
I'll add more later. (Leaving work in a minute)
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