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05-30-2012, 04:13 PM
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Gap control is probably the most important thing. Shadow a guy too tightly and you take yourself out of the play. Too much space and they're able to make a move or build up speed. You need to give them some space, but not too much.

Knowing when to attack the puck carrier and when to hang back is a hugely important tool. If you're unfamiliar with the opponent, do a couple fakes and see how he reacts and use that to your advantage.

Make sure your goalie can see everything, and always be aware that whenever you're working in the slot you're providing a potential screen. Smart forwards will look for this, so keep it in the back of your head.

If you're in transition, funnel them to the outside. Unless you're a freak like Niedermayer the guy skating forward is always going to be faster than the guy skating backwards. Don't get baited into a stick check because you think you can step up, the second you commit they're going to beat you. Use your body positioning to force them into a more favorable area.

Make sure in the defensive zone to either go for the puck or go for a stick. If you lose track of the puck in a goalmouth scramble, tie up whoever is closest and let your goalie track it, that's what he's there for.

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