After breaking down how the Edmonton Oilers score goals off the rush, let’s take a look at how they generate offence in other ways at five-on-five.
1. Behind the net
It’s so hard to defend behind the net.
Where the Oilers are taking advantage is when they change the point of attack behind the net and they switch their forwards in front. Not only does opponent lose sight of their coverage, but the Oilers are in a better position to generate offence.
Lastly, take a look how they are patient with the puck, often waiting for the opponent to make the first move.
2. Controlled breakout
Edmonton doesn’t use a lot of controlled breakouts, but when they do it, they usually come back four behind and keep one guy high. By sending one guy high, that opens up the neutral zone a bit. More space equals more room and more speed for players like McDavid.
In this example, it’s a mistake from poor coverage after a line change, but is still effective.
We will discuss this in another article about the importance, or not, of the faceoff. But no matter what, you need to have a plan on a won or lost draw. And why not try to create offence from the faceoff when you can?