Defensive Plays

What are Defensive Plays?

When the opposition has the puck, regardless of the zone, a player and his team are on defense. Their objective is to prevent the other team from creating offensive advantages. They achieve this by attempting to make defensive plays.

Here are examples of positive defensive plays by a Defenseman who:

Slides to block a shot in the crease to save a goal.

Makes a diving play extending his stick to block a backdoor pass to a wide open player.

Uses an active stick in the neutral zone to stop a pass and prevent a breakaway.

Slides to break up a 3v1.

Executes a stand up check in the neutral zone to prevent a 2v1 from developing.

Fronts/blocks a puck at the net front with two opposition forwards at the net.

Stands up an opposing player in the neutral zone to force a dump.

Here are examples of negative defensive plays by a Defenseman who:

Leaves his player wide open for a pass at the net front in Defensive Zone Coverage.

Makes a line change at a bad time which allows a breakaway.

Gets beat 1v1 allowing a breakaway.

Allows an easy pass at the net front when defending a 2v1.

Steps up in the neutral zone, but misses the puck and the body, allowing a 2v1.

Allows an opposing forward access to the net front to screen and tip.

Allows an opposing player to use time and space to carry and pass the puck.

All of these plays, and the resulting advantages or disadvantages, fall under defined ranges of the TRUPERFORMANCE Index. Over the course of a shift, game, and season, each player will make a number of defensive plays. These PLAYS positive and negative, add up to generate part of the Defensive Player Profile.

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The TRUPERFORMANCE analysis model systematically captures player performance. This information reflects each player's in-game contributions. A contribution is made when a player either creates or denies an advantage. We refer to these contributions as PLAYS.

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