The 3 Zones: February 9th, 2013

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WebSports Media Network is proud to present its newest show, The 3 Zones, which will delve into the coaching aspect of the game of hockey.

Join Bobby Dollas, Dino Masanotti and our host Mitch Gallo, as they talk about both the power play and penalty kill, and get into the nuts ans bolts of the officiating contraversy surrounding the NHL.

Below, you’ll find the 5 most commons power play set-ups…Enjoy!!

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FIVE COMMON WAYS OF SETTING UP IN THE POWER PLAY

There are five common ways of setting up in the offensive end during a power play.

These are the most common power play formations and each one works against different kinds of penalty killing.

1. OVERLOAD

OverloadThis is a good puck possession formation to start the power play in and all of the other formations can be started from this formation. The overload is also an effective way to play after the initial attack in even strength situations.

The overload or Czech power play creates a three on two on one side of the ice.

* The plays usually start from the hash marks at the half boards. One forward supports from below the goal line on the strong side and the other forward gets open between the dot and the mid slot on the weak side. The defensemen support from the blue line. This formation creates many passing triangles and all five attackers are threats to score.

* When the puck is at the point, the forward below the goal line moves to the front of the net and screens, the strong side forward is an outlet pass option and rebounder and the weak side forward gets into position for a one time shot.

2. THE UMBRELLA
Umbrella
In the umbrella power play the idea is to get the puck to the middle of the ice at the point.

* When the defenseman is in the middle with the puck the other defenseman and strong side forward go to the top of the circle and form a high triangle. * The other two forwards play in the low slot area. * From this formation shots can be taken or passes made to the players at the top of the face-off circle above the dots. Two players are in low and they can screen, redirect, one time shoot or rebound.

* The other two forwards play in the low slot area. * From this formation shots can be taken or passes made to the players at the top of the face-off circle above the dots. Two players are in low and they can screen, redirect, one time shoot or rebound.

SpreadOut3. THE SPREAD OUT POWER PLAY

The spread power play is simply a wide 2-1-2 in the offensive end. Two forwards are positioned below the dots on each side and one forward is in the mid slot.

 * The spread causes problems for the defense because there are four natural triangles to pass the puck in and the player in the mid slot area causes the defense to over compensate when on the weak side and either frees the weak side point or leaves the mid slot player open.  

*The spread is very effective on a 5-3 situation, especially when a pass is made straight down from the point to a low player on the strong side.

SlotSet4. SLOT SET POWER PLAY

The slot set power play sets up on the half boards with one player behind the goal line and one player in the low slot in front of the net. The two defensemen play the point.
* When the puck goes to the point the player behind the net screens and the slot man moves to the weak side for a one timer or rebound.  * The slot set is similar to the overload but the weak side forward is usually a big player whose main job is to screen the goalie and tip shots.

1-3-15. THE 1-3-1 POWER PLAY

The 1-3-1 Power Play was developed in Finland. It combines the benefits of all of the power plays and is probably the hardest to defend against.

* The slot set creates four triangles to pass around and take one time shots from.  

* The point player must be very skilled with the puck, a good passer and have an effective shot.  

* This power play is very effective against the box penalty killing. The 1-3-1 gives more attack options than the other power plays but has a higher risk because the last man has the puck.

 

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