When to Pinch in Hockey
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12-10-2010, 07:47 AM
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Join Date: May 2007
Thanks for the article.
I've always had a few rules I try to get a read on when I am deciding to pinch:
1) The other defenseman is at the point. Not a forward covering for him, but the actual defenseman. I always want to make sure at least 1 defenseman is back if things go wrong.
2) One of our forwards is skating toward my point. Wether he's following the puck or just moving around, I want someone who already has momentum toward my point so I know there will be a backchecker on the guy at the very least if I mess up the pinch.
3) I can get there at least at the same time as the opposing player gets to the puck or the puck gets to the opposing player. In other words there shouldn't be enough time for him to grab the puck and get a pass to the middle, or put it off the boards around me, or hold onto it, getting me trapped inside the zone. If an opposing player has the puck, the only time I pinch he is close to me and fumbling the puck. If I can get there before he gets proper control of the puck, I'll pinch.
I play pretty defensive though, so I don't pinch very much.
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