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02-23-2009, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by rye&ginger View Post
Donít leave your zone early too often or at all. Make sure the puck gets out if its going to your side. Try to chip it by the d-man if he pinches (obvious) but being behind him will drive your team crazy and they will think you are lazy/incompetent, espeically if your D cant reliably get it by him without your help.
another thing i've noticed from time to time is understanding your D men on the breakout too.

if you get too far out, even though that is your job sometimes, make sure you support them at all costs. If your C isn't giving your d-men an option for the first pass for whatever reason (covered, lazy) you have to make sure to give him some help.

whether it means the D-man is gonna skate out of trouble cause he's got a lane, make sure you jump back and cover his spot. never let him be the last man back especially if it's tight. if anything just give him a safe outlet otherwise the turnovers will kill.

always be aware!

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