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01-31-2014, 04:35 PM
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SlingshotVv
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I can't believe how many people don't understand how a system that they watch every other night impacts a game.

Man-to-man does not increase the ability to create turnovers and therefore help the transition game! It does the exact opposite. Man to man is a high pressure system, where the guy with the puck is never in a dead zone with time to think. He's always under pressure to make a play. The thought process is that if it takes 4 good hockey plays to score a goal (puck retrieval/clean entry into offensive zone, good first pass, clean reception with time and space, good shot), putting heavy pressure on each link in that chain reduces the likelihood that a line will pull that all off in a continuous string. It also keeps all 5 players active on the ice in the defensive zone. Assignments are obvious, and it forces all your big strong players to actually play physical in their own zone, every shift.

Zone and hybrids are far more efficient at getting turnovers and leading transition. Zone is read-and-react. Much like a corner back, defenders have opportunities to anticipate the play, and can jump in and make a turnover play. However, it also leads to many situations where players stand around on defense and worry about their zone more than being solid right about against someone and making plays.


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