What are your guys best strategy for a 1 on 1 break? I'm talking both with the puck and without. I just started skating out after years of playing between the pipes and I'm in need of some advice.
On defense - I've been keeping my eyes mainly focused on the guys chest, trying to stay as square to him as I can. I also try to keep the puck in my periphery and occasionally glance at his eyes to see if I can guess his move. Is this the right way to do it?
As for offense. I've seen statues with better hands than me right now, so I really need to work on my stickhandling for the time being.
So yeah, let's discuss some 1v1 tactics for the noobs like me.
I did a search and couldn't find anything, so if this is a repost please delete.
Last edited by Canadiens1958: 01-14-2014 at 03:04 PM.
On offense :
1- If the opponent is a poor skater, skate past him to go on a breakaway.
2-If the opponent is nervous and tries to poke check you at all cost, dangle all you can. You mentioned that you don't have good hands, but just about anyone can dangle. If he tries to poke check you, put it under his stick, protect the puck and move on.
3-If the opponent backs up a lot and/or has his legs wide open, simply shoot and get to the rebound first.
Keep him at a stick length and force him to go towards the outside (boards), with your stick out in front to prevent him from shooting and deking. Always let him do the first move, and react accordingly. Most of the time, the other defenseman or the center will back check hard enough to steal the puck.
On offense, I sometimes try to catch the dman crossing over. Get him moving to your right or left, then cut to the middle and turn on the burners. If you can't get clear of him, then you probably at least cleared a path for a shot on net instead of a shot into his shin pads.
If I can't shake the dman then I usually try to keep backing him up until I'm close enough to use him as a screen on the goalie, then watch for the rebound.
Off -- Making sure you don't turn the puck over is probably the most important thing, giving them an odd man rush back the other way. I like all the things everyone has been saying previously. Use your speed to try and turn the d-man then cut back the other way. Or if you have a step on him by going wide, take it right to the net and that will cause some havoc.
Def -- Everything you said is a great way to play a one on one. I would just add trying to match the speed of the opponent. That will help to keep a good gap (stick length away) so that you can get your stick in the way if he tries to shoot but you also give yourself enough room to adapt to whatever he decides to do (ie. Drive wide, Cut back)
Defense:Stick length, he can only do 1 of 3 things, go left, go right or go through you. My mentality was if he tries to go through me I'm gonna light the guy up, non checking league or not because you have to pay a price if you want to play fancy and try to make me look bad. Match the guys speed, force him to his back hand first and foremost, force him wide so the goalie only has to worry about short side coverage and use your stick. Put it in his hands, then when he goes to shoot put it right in front of the puck and it will usually go out of play.