As we have discussed many times in Video Coach – time and space are at a premium in today’s game. Defensively, we are seeing teams collapse down low to take away time and space, and outnumber the offensive team down low.
So where is space available and how do we counter this tactic to create mismatches in the offensive zone?
Here we go!
Watch the video again to see how Boston breaks the defensive zone coverage by making the zone bigger by moving the puck low-to-high and east-west and stretching the coverage followed by activating defencemen and creating a 3v2 mismatch high in the zone.
Coaches – focus on creating off-man situations and developing puck skills in all players. Lastly, overcome the fear of moving the puck in the middle of the ice and embrace the simple principles of creating off-man situations and simply ‘moving to puck to where the other team isn’t'.
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