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11-01-2011, 04:58 PM
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I've been switching between the two a bit. I can only play defense in levels a lot lower than my normal skillset --- I'm not a very good defender. Here's my tip: Physical mistakes will be forgiven by the team more than mental ones.

Getting smoked 1:1 skating backwards. Fine, screw ringers.
Trying to poke-check a guy at their blue-line when you're last man back? Not so cool.

Getting muscled off the puck for a bad turnover? It happens.
Trying to pull 3 dekes in your own slot? Stop it.

Trying to clear a screen and having the puck go off your skate an in? Bad luck.
Pumping 3 slappers into winger's shins that all go for breakaways? You're the goat.

On the offensive side:
Make sure your shots get through. If you can get shots through, your forwards will feed you a lot more pucks. After 1 or 2 shots go off shins for breakaways, that puck won't voluntarily come higher than the faceoff dots.

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