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07-30-2012, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Started in the fifties. Close game and the team's best defensive center/line would take the defensive zone faceoffs.
What the Canucks in particular have been doing recently is optimizing zone starts the whole game, every game.

Edit: Was this something that was not done before the 50's and was the tactic pioneered by a specific team/coach or was it something that gradually became a part of normal procedure.

In the first decade after the 67 expansion some teams seemingly low on talent had defensive specialists playing almost all the PK time and a group of offensive players (5 forwards in some cases) playing the whole PPs. Were there teams that tried to optimize zone starts based on players' perceived abilities on ES as well?

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