Speed, physicality, lefty/righty sentiment, winning face-offs and penalty killing are important qualities for a good checking line. Transcript: "Chloe's, are you looking for in a good checking line would definitely be speed. I think it's important to be able to keep up with the other teams, top players and the games only getting faster. So, you definitely need your checking line able to keep up with the other team's best players. I also think it's important, we physical to be really hard to play against, especially in your own end. It really make the night difficult for the other team. I think it's important to have to sentiment on the line if possible Lefty and a righty just too. Winning face off, especially in the diesel. It's really important. And last but not least, it's a, the need to be able to penalty kill. I think you're checking line should bring a lot into the specialty teams, especially on the penalty kill side of things."
The best and most effective check for junior and pro teams in the neutral zone is a combination of a 2 1 2 or a 1 to 2. This puts pressure on the other team's defense and allows for quick puck movement. Transcript: "While there are a few different neutral zone for checks that I think teams can try if you have a pretty good skating team and you can be quick on the puck, like a 21-2 meaning, you send, two forwards off faceoffs. And in the neutral zone that really puts pressure on the other teams defense. So if you feel like you can really get on that team or they don't move the puck particularly well, a 212 is also a part of me is always a good for check to puts pressure on the other team. And if you find That you're either tired or, you know, you play against a team that moves the puck pretty well a 12-2, as long as you're playing it correctly in the, the 24 words that are F2 and F3 are in position is also quite easy one to. So I would say, a combination of a 2 1 2 or a 1 to 2 would be the best and most effective for junior and pro teams."
When playing against more physical teams, the preparation should remain the same. Mention to the forwards that they may need to hold up and create a skating screen to give their defensemen time. Forwards should stay close together and support each other with quick passes in order to outnumber the physical team. If the team is overly physical, they can be punished with a powerplay. Transcript: "I don't think you prepare differently for games against more physical teams. I think, you know that hockey's a physical sport, you know that every team is going to be physical in their own way. Of course, some teams are run around a little bit more than others and like to play more physical. But for the most part you prepare the same. You can mention to the forwards. Maybe that, you know, you got to hold up a little bit or to have a skating screen so that you're getting in the way of hard for checking teams in order to give your defenseman time. And then forwards, just knowing that if the defense, we're going to be closing in and being physical, every time you're in the offense of corner, sometimes you just have to let them know. Hey, let's, let's make sure we support each other good, quick passes, close to each other and not get to to spread out, so we can kind of outnumber them down there, if they decide to run around and then hey, we'll get him on the power play. If they decide to, to be even more physical and, and kind of bend the rules a bit. So, those are some ways and some good Avenues to think. When you're when you're going against more. Google teams."
Coaches need to distribute ice time carefully, balancing playing their top players against the best opposition while also making sure they don't get too tired. They should match up lines and use their best players when needed but also spread out ice time so one player doesn't have to bear the burden of all the tough minutes. Transcript: "I think there's a lot that goes into how coaches distribute ice time, a lot of it is you don't want your top players playing too much. So I think a lot of the time, 25 minutes for a defenseman is quite a bit. You don't really want to go over that. I know you'll see and had been in some of the guys, in their Prime, especially would go over, 30 minutes, Thomas, Shabbat players like that. But I think the best you can distribute ice time would be to kind of, give them a specialty, making making them kind of power play. Players as well as their five-on-five play. Getting them out as much against top opposition. While may be limiting them, if you can on the other on the other special team, which would be penalty kill, would you see for a lot of players? So that's a tough tough thing to do is you don't really want to have your best players on the bench, but you also have to have them fresh for when you want them on the ice. So and as for words, I think it's always matchups kind of seeing who who's up for the other team and then kind of sending your best players. Whether your Home, then you get the last change so that always helps. But even on the road, trying to match the lines and best, get your top players out on the ice is always a challenge but the best coaches to do it effectively. And then they try to distribute it amongst the team and and spread out ice time. So that one guy doesn't get get bogged down with all the all the tough minutes and they can all perform better as a result."