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05-19-2013, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post

Making things way too complex. Since the introduction of the two blue lines to hockey., the idea has been to keep the opposing team's puck possession outside the defensive zone (blue line) while transitioning the puck out of the defensive zone to the offensive zone and sustaining pressure in the opponents defensive zone.Chances of scoring against a goalie from outside the blue line have always been minute to negligible.

There are three main components to judging the effectiveness of a team's overall defensive performance. In terms of the order in which they happen:

1.) The total number of times an offensive team crosses the blue line in possession of the puck or gains possession of the puck in the offensive zone (turnover,face-off win). Turnover here has the widest possible definition. Note it is possible to generate multiple turnovers or face-offs from one blue line crossing, likewise multiple shots but the result is always zero or one goals.

2.) The actual game time the puck spends in a team's defensive zone or inside their blue line.

3.) The actual Goals Allowed as opposed to GAA. Team allowing the fewest goals over the course of a schedule has the best chance of winning.

The rest of the generated stats are simply descriptive of the above.
Bolded: Has the ability to keep pucks out of your own zone been compromised by the removal of the center red line? The utilization of the stretch pass to the far blue line for a tip in deep and establish zone time was not possible in the same way before 2005. Fair to say?

So the adaptation is to protect what you can protect. You can't protect your own blue line like you could ten years ago. So you protect your net. In the process, you try to mitigate zone time but teams with the higher defensive reputation seem largely resigned to yielding their line and protecting their net.

That's not to say anything in absolutes league-wide. Teams don't want the puck in their own zone. Look at the Blackhawks: all puck possession. The Blackhawks so-so goaltenders have alarming statistics because the other team isn't allowed to touch the puck during the game. Not because the Blackhawks are a traditional defensive team.

If a coach has a choice, yeah, he wouldn't want a puck to cross his blueline the entire game. But that task can prove to be exhausting in this era, and so adjustments were made...


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