COACHES: This clip shows two “No-No’s” when it comes to playing net front on the PK as a defenseman. 1. Don’t get tied up/picked with the net front player. Step & retreat. 2. Don’t lift your stick to cross-check. Keep it on the ice & take away a passing lane. Ends up in a GA…
This clip demonstrates so many things when it comes down to what NOT to do as a player on the penalty kill. If you look at the Arizona player in front of the net, there are so many learning opportunities that I’d like to expand on from above.
*Don’t get tied up with the net front player
By getting tied up with a player, you are essentially taking yourself out of your penalty kill structure. A killer must step and retreat to take away passing lanes and potentially pressure the puck handler. Arizona’s net front player engages Detroit’s net front presence, which allows Larkin to make a play on the goal line.
*Don’t lift your stick to cross check
Again, your positioning is nothing on the penalty kill without your stick. By having your stick on the ice, you are taking away passing lanes…the lifeline of any power play. The Arizona defender, on top of possibly taking another penalty, is making himself obsolete by lifting his stick and cross-checking the Detroit player. That goal doesn’t happen if he has his stick down in the passing lane…or where he can jam up the player in front.