Re: Summer topics - wild ideas when the goalie is pulled.
posted at 7/13/2014 10:11 AM EDT
I don't see a lot of situations where there is no one chasing except when it's pretty clear that an EN goal ends the game for all intents and purposes. There's usually a guy no more than three or four strides behind, so if the guy with the puck intends to slow down or stop in the crease, figure half of that is eaten up, leaving maybe a second or two before he should stop being a smart arz and just take the ENG.
In addition to guys getting hurt playing goalie without goalie equipment, whether it's Weber or whoever blasting freely, I think you grossly underestimate the number of holes there would be for a puck to tumble through. Ping, off a stick, ping off a leg, zip through a jersey under the arm. The goalie would be useless because he'd see nothing - he'd have to just "make himself big" and hope the puck hits him if it gets through. Plus, the second I see them form a wall, I'm setting up three shooters - one head up, one at 45 degrees from the net on each side, and then I have two guys set up at the end of the wall on each side and establish position so those three guys can't re-orient to the different angles very easily. After about five passes around that horn, I'll turn your wall into what I wanted in the first place: a massive pile of random traffic to screen the goalie. There's also the shot pass option that goalie couldn't track.
The wall idea works better in soccer because they usually set it up so much farther away from the goalie and it's a full ten yards from the shooter. And the shooter has to shoot from a particular spot - can't move it around and change the angles etc. It sometimes seems to take them 5 minutes to set up a free kick. In 5 seconds, Chara to Bergeron to Chara to Bergeron to Krug to Chara to Bergeron to Soderberg....
This whole "pull the goalie early" thing will be one of those ideas with a short term life like the Wildcat formation in the NFL. It was novel and teams hadn't really thought about what to do in that situation with 6 minutes left in a game, so it seemed like it was worth it because, for the most part, teams that pulled their goalies very early didn't suffer humiliating 10-2 defeats with 6 ENGs. There seemed to be no more risk of an ENG with the goalie out for 5 minutes than 1 minute. Next year, teams will have a plan to make Roy pay when he does this. And here are the coaches in his division, who will have thought about it the most: Hitchcock, Quenneville, Maurice, Laviolette, Ruff, Yeo. A.K.A Cup winner, 2 time Cup winner, Cup Finalist, Cup Winner, Cup Finalist, Mike. I think that group will have some pretty good ideas of how to deal with Roy, and once one of them comes up with a poison pill for that situation, well...monkey see.
I think I'd put my fastest skater out high - really high - so that any time you get possession you can just rip it down the ice and make it a race. Make it more like a penalty kill that way where you don't have to worry about icing.
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