Holding the point with cherry pickers
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01-24-2013, 09:31 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: The Triangle
As long as you're between him and the puck, it doesn't matter what zone you're in -- your team is at an advantage.
Say he's standing at the red line and you drop back to cover him. Just stay in front of him with your eyes on the play, and you'll have a step on him when the puck comes out of the zone. There's a good chance you will, at worst, cause him to have to battle for the puck and end up stalling in the neutral zone while you wait for support.
If the other team really gets possession and starts to rush out, he's not going to have much room to move around and get open anyway, so he's actually in a worse position than if he had been playing properly.
Cherry picking against a halfway-intelligent defenseman is really not a smart move. He's basically surrendering a 4-on-4 to your team in his own defensive zone, AND giving you the advantage in positioning against his own rush. There's a reason coaches don't allow this stuff.
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