I’m currently getting ready for our playoffs and our national championship. I’ve started watching how most teams play their 5v6 at the end of the game and noticing that many teams will adjust and try to find a little something to have an advantage in probably the most crucial time to be out there. If you don’t do the job properly on defence, they can tie the game. If you do the job, you can get rewarded with a win, and if it’s playoff time, move on to the next round.
Let’s watch how the Florida Panthers defend a few 5v6 scenarios, before seeing how the Detroit Red Wings recently beat them at it for a late 3rd period goal.
We will notice three different things here. Florida has three different ways to set up their 5v6 faceoff, but the wingers do the same job down the road. The inside winger goes hard and pressure high. Always a D on the wall and the second defenceman behind the circle, sometimes in front of the net or right below the forwards. From here, all the patterns stay the same on a lost draw. Boxing out, wingers jumping high and center on center.
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Awesome work Coach Mitch, thank you