After just three wins in their final 12 regular season games, the Winnipeg Jets swept the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the playoffs. Who would have seen that coming?
Like Jets head coach Paul Maurice said: “We were a good regular-season team, but hadn’t switched gears into what the playoffs were going to be like. That losing streak gave us an opportunity to focus as a group, to become more of a playoff-style team, and I felt we did that.”
Looking at this right now, he was dead on. Let’s take a look on how the Winnipeg Jets were able to capitalize in the offensive zone against the Edmonton Oilers.
1. F3 high
More and more teams have been using this option in recent years.
Sending one of your forwards high in the zone can create a lot of confusion. Sometimes it is the puck carrier who is skating along the wall, making the pass to D1, D1 then moves it to D2 and the puck carrier follows their route and stops in between the defenceman and receives the puck.
The other option is a low-to-high pass and the high forward pops out between the defencemen, ready to receive the pass. This option creates confusion because it forces the defending team to stretch their coverage, or allows the offence player to get shots from the point with lots of traffic in front.
I could have provided way more video, but one thing I have noticed with the Jets is how hungry they are when they lose the draw. Their wingers are ready to jump on the puck and force a turnover. If not, they have a set play with bodies going to the net.
Edmonton defencemen did not handle the pressure well from the wingers on the faceoff.