My first league - stupid question, how do line changes work?
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04-07-2009, 11:41 AM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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One other VERY important thing to be aware of on line changes......
When you decide to come off the ice and you are calling for a replacement (like someone said, yell, "Right Wing, Right Wing" or whatever your position is), when you get to within about 20 feet of the bench.......COMMIT to the line change!
Don't get 10 feet from the bench and then decide to turn around and rejoin the play. That is frequently how penalties happen.
If you notice an odd-man rush forming as you're coming off the ice, if you've already committed to the change, it is faster for you to just skate the 10 feet to the bench and let your replacement take off than for you to stop, turn around, and drag your tired ass back into the play.
If you're going to come off, come off. Don't change your mind mid-change......especially if you're in a group.
How true this is. Plus if I might add. If one of your line mates changes....you change as well. If one player on the forward line changes, the whole line changes.
And only change when the puck is deep within the attacking zone. If you have to change one at a time because you want to maintain control of the puck within the attacking zone...fine. Make the change as quick as possible.
A good strategy to use in the attacking to while the line is changing is to move the puck along the board as you defend the puck. As long as you move the puck and keep it tird up, the ref will not blow the whitle of the face off.
This will give you time for the line mates to make the change. Once the two guys are out, you switch with an on coming guy and get off. Now, control of the puck is key. Remember...the team that controls the puck the most....wins!
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