Gap Control - Defending Against Fast Forwards
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02-26-2010, 04:30 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Boise, ID
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To the Op
The defenseman doesn't have to do anything other than keep his angle.
Keeping a tight gap is great, but without the right angle, it's pointless. As long as you stay between him and the net, he can't beat you.
The vast majority of players cannot play under pressure
- they panic easilty. Even a feigned pokecheck throws some people right off. Even if it only works 1 in 10 times, there's no downside.
You contradict yourself on these two points. And if you are slow of foot your second point is correct. And if you are fleet of foot your second point is also correct.
If you want to be a more productive defenseman, play it offensively. Make the puck carrier do what you want him to do and you won't get caught guessing. Especially in lower skilled leagues. Take away what the puck carrier wants to do and force him to do what he doesn't want to do. In most cases that will be forcing them to their backhand. The puck carrier is coming down the ice with 4 or 5 options and waiting for what he is going to do is going to let them pick their best option. Take the best options away and improve your odds on making a good play. You are correct that players panic, but most of them only if you make them panic. Skating backwards and watching them will not make them panic.
At the blue line make them do something!!!
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