In my first-ever article on pre-scouting NHL teams, I will break down the 5v3 from the Edmonton Oilers and if you should have a different setup for your 5v4 versus your 5v3. Because let’s put it that way, the Oilers with their first unit, don’t change anything and it is hard to defend. They are the team with the most goal in the NHL at 5v3 for two years now.
Attacking South and Wide
Everyone knows that Connor McDavid will come up high on the blueline, turning inside and attacking south with speed and purpose. How can you stop a player like this on the power play? Now, imagine doing the same thing, but a 5v3. While you are attacking downhill, you attack with purpose, you have the goal line option and if F1 doesn’t do a great job, you can always tag Leon Draisaitl on the other side for the one-timer below the h-mark. When the goal line tries to make a play, the Oilers finish with four players around the net, opening up plenty of options to score a goal.
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