Thread: For you coaches
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01-13-2005, 08:54 AM
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It depends on how the opposition lines up. If they have a big, physical winger on the boards- i like my dman to match up with him. Sometimes I'll even move my winger to the boards. On a clean win, his job is to give my dman time to control the puck and start the breakout. On losses, he needs to read the play and pressure the greatest threat from the top of the circle. By matching up with their winger on the boards, it prevents him from cruising through a tied faceoff, picking up any loose pucks for a shot from the slot.

I would prefer, though, that my dman starts below the circle to be closer to the corner and the net. Makes for smoother breakouts on clean wins. Sometimes, the other team doesn't always play along and my team need to adjust.

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