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Forget About Dump-And-Chase, It Is All About Having The Puck

from Sam Page of Sports Illustrated,

For a long time, NHL coaches have seen the chip-and-chase strategy as a viable alternative — even an antidote — to the puck possession game played by the league’s best clubs, e.g. the Blackhawks and the team they are modeled after, the Detroit Red Wings.

But hockey’s version of the sabermetrics movement has shown the dump-and-chase maxim to be the natural analogue to baseball’s devotion to the sacrifice bunt — a needless waste of the game’s most precious commodity (possessions in hockey; outs in baseball) for a small benefit. More than ever before, winning in today’s NHL means holding on to the puck.

more, using the Minnesota Wild as an example...

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MoreShoot's avatar

Somebody forgot to tell Babs.

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/15/14 at 01:47 PM ET

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You mean Stephen Weiss….

Posted by VitoLambruski on 01/15/14 at 02:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

“Puck possession game.”

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/15/14 at 02:02 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

This is hardly news…. and there’s no need to use advanced stats to figure this one out, this has been Hockey101 since the game was invented.

The only time dump and chase is an acceptable strategy is when you are incapable of carrying the puck in.

It’s like pulling your goalie… it’s idiotic to play hockey without a goalie - but if you can’t implement any good ideas it’s time to try some dumb ideas.

Even a 10% chance of success is better than a zero% chance.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/16/14 at 02:26 AM ET

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