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03-07-2012, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Hecantscorefromthere View Post
A huge thing to remember about defending on your off wing is it changes how you need to defend off the rush. It severely shortens your reach for anyone doing an inside move, because once they get by you have to reach across your body to attempt any sort of stick check. It also lessens your ability to drive forwards wide, since youre not able to pressure them with your body in front of them and stick beside them. Basically you have to step up and attempt poke checks right around the blue line before they make a move, or just keep good gap and play the body once they cut inside.
Yah I've noticed this from previous experience. the one thing that I really like about playing the off wing though, is that I find I negate many attempts of players cutting to the middle because my stick is always right by the puck when they attempt to move to the front and if they simply put it to a soft spot, then I'm on my forehand and can easily recover the puck. In most cases the guy will attempt to go wide on me and I am able to maintain position and deny him to cut to the net and force him into the corner. It's just that when I am in the corner, I have to fight for the puck on my backhand which puts me at bit of a disadvantage

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