During the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, I did a video dissection of Ryan Carter’s game-winning goal against the New York Rangers. The video got quite a few hits that night, and I had a number of requests to dissect the play from the defensive point of view. People wanted to know what went wrong, and what the Rangers could have done differently to prevent the goal. So I put together a follow up video, showing how I would have beaten the 2-1-2 Forecheck the Devils were using. Since we’re ramping up for the new season, I thought it would be a good idea to brush up on beating the most commonly run forechecking system, the 2-1-2.
2-1-2 Stack vs Spread
There are two types of 2-1-2 set-ups; the “stack,” where the first two players enter the zone on the same side of the ice, the first player hits and pins, the second player takes the puck (this is the set-up the Devils use in this clip). In the “spread,” the first player attacks the puck carrier, and the second player eliminates the D to D pass.
How to Beat the 2-1-2
The first step to beating the 2-1-2 is for the puck-side defenseman to determine whether the opponent is using a stack or a spread. If he reads stack, he MUST get the puck to his weak-side partner, no matter what it takes! That’s where the open ice is, and that’s where the highest likelihood of a successful breakout lies. If he reads spread, he’ll need to beat his strong-side attacker, either with a misdirection or a reverse pass to the centerman, then break out the strong side.
What went Wrong?
In this clip, you’ll see the Rangers defenseman was more worried about jockeying with the Devils’ first man in, than he was about getting the puck to the weak side. Because of this, he ended up with poor body positioning, and got bombarded by the Devils’ aggressive forecheck. The 2-1-2 worked out in text-book fashion for the Devils, first man hit and pinned, second man picked up the puck and hit the third man coming into the slot for the game-winning goal.
A Detailed Analysis of the Winnipeg Jets’ Penalty Kill Forecheck and Defensive Zone Coverage Setups
In this video we walk through a detailed analysis of the Penalty Kill Systems the Winnipeg Jets are using. Remember, systems play is very subjective – everyone has their own opinions… this is my two cents worth!
Here’s a quick breakdown of what to look for:
1-3 Forecheck: F1 tends to commit too early, allowing the Wild defenseman to walk out from behind the net uncontested.
F1’s Angle: Breaks my cardinal rule for trap-style forechecks – DON’T GET BEAT BEHIND YOU!
NZ Transitions: Jets rely too heavily on picking off passes in the neutral zone, and not enough on solid angling and positioning. This won’t work as well against the better teams.
PK DEFENSIVE ZONE COVERAGE:
Triangle +1 against Umbrella: Not a good systems match-up in my opinion. Angles are off, and it allows the opposing team’s “Quarterback” to easily pass to whomever he wants.
Standard Box against Overload: Good systems match-up, but the Jets need to tighten up on a few things (see next few points)
Weak-side Forward: Tends to over commit, leaving the opposing far defenseman open
Net-front Coverage: Jets are letting a player sit right in the middle of their coverage, in front of the net
The Hockey Development Pyramid is a great tool to help design your season’s “Road Map”
Before the season begins, it’s a good idea to take inventory of your team’s strengths and weaknesses. I use the Hockey Development Pyramid as a tool to help gather my thoughts, and determine what areas of play should be focused on over the course of the season.
Skills within various tiers of the pyramid can be developed simultaneously (i.e. puckhandling and passing can be developed during a breakout drill). However, it is EXTREMELY important to build from the bottom up, not from the top down. Players who have not developed a solid foundation of Individual and Team Skills will never be as effective at performing the higher-level skills such as Team Systems and Strategy.
Check the Embedded PLAYLIST Above, for Updated NHL Play Dissections
This post is a little different than usual. I’ve recently put together a number of videos dissecting various NHL plays and situations. I’ve been posting these videos on my YouTube Channel, but I thought my blog readers might find them useful too.
So… the video above is actually a PLAYLIST, which will update itself whenever I post a new play dissection to YouTube. When you hover your mouse over the video, you’ll see the other play dissections I’ve already posted.
Many of these dissections will refer back to concepts we’ve discussed in the Coaches’ Training Course, so take a browse through the course if you haven’t yet. I’m going to be posting more play dissections as we progress through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so check back often!
A sneak peek inside our hockey playbook and instructions on how to save 50% (today only!)
UPDATE: THE CYBER MONDAY SALE IS OVER, BUT YOU CAN STILL SAVE $10 BY BECOMING A “FAN” ON FACEBOOK. HERE’S THE LINK: Weiss Tech Hockey on Facebook
Over the past few weeks I’ve had a couple of people ask if they could see a “sample” of what’s inside the hockey playbook before buying. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to close out our four day “Black Friday” to “Cyber Monday” sale by showing you what’s inside the playbook, while answering a few other questions as well!!
As you’ve probably noticed, our half off sale ends tonight (Cyber Monday) at midnight eastern time. Click Here to purchase your playbook at half price (make sure to use your discount code HALFOFF at checkout).