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07-09-2013, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Blue Seat Spartan View Post
Key questions in determining AV's system of play for the New York Rangers:

1. Forecheck - Keep Tortorella's 2-1-2, adapt a flexible 1-1-3/1-2-2 (delayed forecheck/hybrid forecheck, respectively), or a full-blown 1-4 trap (see Julien's Bruins in the semis)? And will the defensemen be encouraged to pinch to sustain the forecheck?

2. Defensive zone coverage - Will there be more adaptations deviating away from the "Five-in-the-Picture"/"Five-Goalie-System" (Collapsing Box) such as man-to-man pressure of the points, or overloading towards the boards?

3. Breakouts and transition - Will we see more movement (Criss-cross and/or Regroup of skaters) exiting the zone instead of always stretch passing and then chip 'n chase in the offensive zone?

4. Establishing puck possession - Who gets the majority of the important faceoff draws (Richards & Brassard in the offensive zone, Stepan & Moore in the defensive zone)

(I stumbled upon this site recently, and this provides a chock-full of common hockey strategies while shining a light on the coaching arcana that the fans tend to overlook:
That's a good blog. I like this part:

The defensive zone is where things get a little muddled when it comes to labeling a team. Up until a few year years ago, trapping teams were really the only teams who collapsed in front of their net and blocked shots. More aggressive teams sent two forwards towards the blueline, playing man-on-man coverage, or would let one forward cherry-pick in the neutral zone.

Times have changed and defensive zone play has gotten more sophisticated. In today’s NHL, more and more teams are collapsing to the net and blocking shots regardless of their overall forechecking strategy. Point in case, during the 2001-02 season 10 teams blocked over a 1,000 shots. Last season all but two teams blocked over 1,000 shots.

The media likes to use this strategy and blame it for stifling offensive ability, but the reality is a number of high scoring teams play the low zone collapse. The Capitals, Blackhawks, Bruins, and Penguins have all used this strategy in recent seasons and they have no problems scoring goals.

There are other defensive zone strategies, such as the overload, man-on-man, etc., but the low zone collapse is probably one of the more employed strategies in the NHL. The Rangers mostly use the low zone collapse, but will overload on occasion depending on certain game situations.

Overall, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about Torts’ systems. Some of it is because the media just doesn’t get a lot of this stuff. Some of it is because the media has such a bad relationship with John, they make no effort to understand and defend his tactics. That’s what we’re here for folks.

For more on hockey systems, be sure to check out my entire series here.
In contrast to the notion that Tortorella was so behind the times.

Major difference is going to be the offensive zone faceoffs. Top 6 will thrive, bottom six will struggle to score.

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