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07-31-2011, 03:22 AM
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uncleodb
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Question for D-Men - how do I play my position?

Hi guys,

Sorry if this has already been covered already. I tried searching, but couldn't find my answer. Here's my scenario: I'm a defense man near the offensive blue line. I see that the play has turned over, so I start skating backwards as they make a breakout pass to their winger. I'm now in a 1-on-1 situation skating backwards into my defensive zone. I know I should keep the winger to the outside and try to knock the puck away from him. Let's say I am able to knock the puck away into the corner or he's forced to go into the corner. Here is where I'm confused. Do I go into the corner with the winger to fight for the puck? Or do I stay with my goalie to help block a pass or a wrap around attempt from that winger? I've tried both with mixed results. I'm wondering if there is a rule of thumb I should follow? Maybe this also depends on my goalie? I've had him yell at me to stay near the front of him, and another yell to go get em.

Thanks!

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