Isles at Caps. 7pm. Verizoney Centre. 2.28.2012
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03-01-2012, 01:10 PM
Losing is a disease
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Redondo Beach, Ca
The trap is installed cause they are a transition team with some pretty weak forecheckers.... avg at best. They also are avg at best at getting puck out of zone and into breakout on a consistent basis with numbers.
So... how do you generate scoring best in that scenario? You force mistakes in neutral zone. It also, hopefully, should tend to lessen the goals against.
When they prove they can break out of zone consistently... and maintain a forecheck across all 4 lines consistently... we have our game plan in that trap. That starts with skilled and experienced defense (unless you're an ungodly talent like Green).
edit: agreed that physical play PLUS frustrating other team (dump and make them go 200' when you don't have numbers) PLUS smart passing and possession (limiting opponents puck time) all lead to turnovers... leading to transition... leading to maintaining a forecheck through the rush.... leads to winning and better hockey on the eyes. This all goes to Langway's assertion that we have less margin for error.
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