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01-14-2014, 07:48 AM
American in Paris
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There are many semi-standard situations where puck anticipation is relatively straight-forward. Here are 2:

1) Suppose I'm on left D and you're on left wing. The opposing center is rushing the puck in the neutral zone, I'm in position moving backwards but closing the gap and you are slightly behind him. At this point, you should be anticipating a poke or sweep check or full body check on the center. Since I shoot right, my poke check will come from my left hand so you can even anticipate where the puck will go if I'm sucessful. This position also leaves you in position to pinch and/or cover trailing wingers if he makes it into the O-zone.

2) Now reverse the scenario. One of your idiot-refuses-to-pass teammates has picked up the puck and is headed full speed into a 1 on 3 situation as he crosses the blue line. Follow him a few feet back to pick up the puck which 9 times out of 10 will be swatted back.

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