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Originally Posted by MistaWrista View Post
So I'm a lefty shooter and I'm an intermediate to advanced player needing some angle advice. When I come down on the off wing, I have a fairly easy idea, slightly cut to the left toward the slot, get the goalie cheating across and hit the near side (right side) but what do I do from a tough angle on the left side? I like the deke in and use a backhand in close but I can't go through two defenseman and if I try the same move on the left side as the right side, the goalie doesn't seem to give me as much space, and I can't shoot as well that way. Ideas?
Ok, so let talk about this for a few minutes. You shot left and you enter the zone on your off wing. Let me say that this is the way to do it. Why? If you shot left and you enter on the right wing, the puck will be to the out side and your body will be between the puck and the defensemen. This is what is know as puck protection.

How check out this picture below.

Notice this blue area. This is called the Shooting Zone. This is the area where you will have the highest percentage of scoring goals. The yellow are are low percentage areas where you can score goals.

This white area is known as a "Shooting Alley". If you come in on your off wing and go down the shooting alley into the slot area, your body is at a 45 degree angle to the goalie on approach. This means that you shot will have maximum leverage in the shot due to the full swing as you stick travels across your body towards the net.

Now, if you are coming in on your "on" wing, in order to take full advantage of the leverage behind your forehand shot, you will have a very small window to take advantage of this shot.

Check out this picture below.

Notice that your lauch pad is still within the "Shooting Zone". But in order for you to take advantage of your forehand shot, this is the area that you will need to get the shot off to take advantage of the angle on the goalie.

Now, you can always move into the center ice, once you cross the blue line and have your winger crash the net in order to have him draw in the defensemen, so you would have a better chance at getting into the slot for the shot.

If the defensemen doesn't fall for the attacking winger and he starts to approach you, they you can feed the winger crashing the net with a pass.

By the way, in the first picture, you see a green area behind the net. This is called the pressure zone. This is the area where you want the puck to be when you are in the attacking zone. Well, besides in the net! But if the goalie makes the save and you are trying to regroup, placing it into the pressure zone allows maximum pressure on the defending goalie. Why?

Because it forces the goalie to act like his head is on a swivel. He has to worry about the puck in this zone and worry about the open guy out front.

If you can set up behind the net and then get the pass out to the guy in the slot, you have a better chance at making the goalie do extra work and the pucks going to go in.

If the puck move out of the pressure zone towards the point, the pressure is reduced because the goalie will have a better chance of seeing the full zone. Plus, as the puck head out away from the pressure zone, it is easier to just poke check into the neutral zone and then the attacking team has to regroup.

Here check this out! The next time you see an NHL game, count the number of times players push the puck back into this pressure zone. See how many times, players will force the puck into that zone.

Hope this helps!
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