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07-09-2012, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
Bottom line: puck possession requires more practice time to perfect the skills at full speed. Dump and chase is more or less the only option for the NHL, mainly because of two factors: (1) because of the number of games and the amount of travel, there isn't enough time available to put in a puck possession system, and (2) the small NHL rinks don't have enough space to permit a sustained puck possession game. Beyond that, its just a matter of preference.
The NHL isn't entirely dump and chase. For example the top three lines on the Ottawa Senators play puck possession. While the 4th line plays jump and chase.

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