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Trap and Transition

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Objective:

Forwards and defenseman working together defensively for offensive transition

Key Elements

Timing, Body and stick position of the back checker, Transition skating, gap control of defenseman, Communcation, Attack options, Passing and Recieving

Organization

Forwards and defenseman line up at opposite diagonal hash marks. On the whistle one forward from one end starts with a puck skating up the wall (1/2 speed to learn timing). The forward that starts in the middle of the ice, times his back check and takes away time and space of the puck carrier. The defenseman gaps up and takes out the forward with the puck creating a turnover. The forward starting in the middle moves to the loose puck and quickly transitions the puck passing it to the forward supporting at the opposite diagonal hash marks. The two forwards quickly transition the puck 2 on 0 back on the opposite end for a shot on goal. The next pair of players from the opposite end move into the neutral zone to start the drill from the other end.

Variations

You can work on a variety of attack options from transition 2 on 0, 3 on 0, 3 on 1.

Goalie

Depending on what you do for the rush situation, you can have the forwards take bad angle shots with the second man driving the net for a rebound. You can have the puck carrier go behind the net and pass to the second forward, have the puck carrier delay and hit the defenseman late, etc.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82