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10-13-2005, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Puckboy
As far as the two goal lead with 10 min. left I think it is a bad idea to leave your d at the redline. You are not forcing them to make a play in their own zone. You give them time for an easy outlet pass and time to build up speed. If your D are not ready they are going to get burned or before they know it they will be trying to make a play while already on top of their goalie. Need to stay up at the blue line for the desperate team to make plays and the d need to step up at their own blueline.
Generally speaking, I agree that you need to keep the pressure on, even with a lead late in the game. Ideally, if the two defenseman are comfortable with each other and communicate well, the strong side defender should be holding the blueline, while the weak side defender should be floating a little bit further back in the neutral zone. That way, the weak side defender is in a position to either step up if the puck gets wrapped around the boards, or drop back to defend against a cherry picker/quick breakout.

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