To pull off upset, control mid-ice corridor
So you’re in the playoffs battling a team considered better than yours. It’s a great time to try a most effective method that can help you pull off a major playoff upset:
Take away your opponents’ access to the mid-ice corridor.
Generally speaking, the mid-ice corridor (MIC) is defined as the area between the wide-side face-off dots. From a defensive perspective, I am specifically referencing that area outside of the opposition’s blue-line.
Think about it for a moment: If your club completely controls the space inside the dots from the opponents’ side of the surface to your goal, you make it extremely difficult for them to score. In fact, you will likely give up very few Grade A opportunities unless a unlucky bounce or major coverage error occurs.
Of course, I’m assuming you have sticks positioned properly, heads on swivels, loud communication and bodies placed strategically in shooting lanes. All these are staples of sound defensive play regardless of the score or how important the game is.
Also, stressing the MIC tactic is a great way to simplify the game for young players. And simplifying any message, quite frankly, is the initial step towards overall coaching success.
Embracing this concept is mandatory if your goal is to lead with effectiveness and achieve upsets on a consistent basis.
Best of luck,
I laughed when I read that the current coach of the Detroit Red Wings actually hires someone to devise and run his team’s power play. Why would anyone work that long to reach the post of head coach in the NHL, only to give up such a major responsibility?
It’s just wrong. The game is simple. We teach defending, transitioning, attacking and then getting back to do it all over again.
The power play is not rocket science.
My advice to youth ccoaches: Keep control of ALL aspects of this basic game or consider moving to another sport. Do not emulate the NHL coaching thought process. Young players need to hear and have confidence in YOUR voice. Trust me, it’s better that way, for you and, most especially, the youngsters.
Paul T. Lubanski is president of Wilderness Xtreme Sports. He can be contacted at 248-762-6998.