The Pre-Scout: Pittsburgh beating the NZ Forecheck from Buffalo

The Pre-Scout- Pittsburgh beating the NZ Forecheck from Buffalo, by Mitch Giguere
How can a team overcome the 1-1-3? Find out what Pittsburgh did in this game.

The famous NZ 1-1-3. How big of a deal it was when Trotz took over with the Islanders, and they went from the last position for goal against (296) to the first position (196) the year after. Since then many teams have copycatted the neutral forecheck. In this pre-scout, we will dig into a recent game between Pittsburgh and Buffalo and see how the Pens beat the forecheck.

1-1-3 explanation

A picture worth 1,000 words. Suppose you are not comfortable with the knowledge of the 1-1-3. I recommend watching this video below explaining the most important thing from the 1-1-3. There’s always a way to tweak it, but it’s a perfect introduction.


As a pre-scout, you can see the 1-1-3, there’s no time and space, and the stretch is mostly the only option. It would be best if you came up with solutions. How can you overcome this? Look below to find out what Pittsburgh did in this game.

How can a team overcome the 1-1-3? Find out what Pittsburgh did in this game . . .



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Mitch Giguere

Mitch Giguere ChPC, is the father of four children and a passionate hockey coach. Assistant Coach for Carabins Université de Montréal (USports W). Former Assistant and Video Coach in the KHL. Mitch has his High Performance 2 from Hockey Canada and has an Advanced Coaching Diploma (NCCP4) from the Canadian Sports Institute. You can reach out to Mitch via email at [email protected] or SMS 450-578-1187

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