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Video- Babcock On Playing On The Big Ice, “Is It Bigger Or Smaller?”

Less than a minute long, but Babcock now has me confused.

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awould's avatar

Is the ice bigger or smaller?
Depends on what the meaning of “is” is.

Posted by awould on 02/13/14 at 06:31 PM ET

WingsFaninCO's avatar

I think Babs is referring to the extra 4’ lengthwise in the offensive zone on the North American ice. (~71’ from blueline to end-boards instead of 75’) 

NA Ice Offensive Zone:  75’ x 85’
Olympic Ice Offensive Zone: ~71’ x ~100’

Is that 4’ really a big deal?  I’m not qualified to answer that, but apparently Babs thinks it’s a big deal.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 02/13/14 at 06:42 PM ET

Chet's avatar

No, what he’s really saying is that most teams - Euro for sure - are defending only the area in between the face-off dots, so the middle is clogged up and the actual scoring area is smaller. This also seems to be the conventional wisdom of the NBC Sports announcers…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/13/14 at 07:40 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

Babs for office. Hes better than your averwge politician!

Posted by Rdwings28 on 02/13/14 at 09:06 PM ET

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I actually think what he’s saying is “If I answer that question then it gives you permission to ask the follow up, which is to list the players who are struggling on the bigger ice, so I’m not going to give you that opportunity.

And I think that George’s reaction is the one Babcock was gunning for.

Posted by Garth on 02/13/14 at 10:45 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

I think Babs is referring to the extra 4’ lengthwise in the offensive zone on the North American ice. (~71’ from blueline to end-boards instead of 75’)

It’s a bigger difference that this, however, because the Int’l ice is deeper from the goal-line to the end boards, from the blue-line to the goal-line is even shorter(8”).

I’m sure he was also speaking of the way defensemen can’t follow forwards into the boards as easily because it’s so far away from the goalie.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 02/14/14 at 12:26 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

No, what he’s really saying is that most teams - Euro for sure - are defending only the area in between the face-off dots, so the middle is clogged up and the actual scoring area is smaller. This also seems to be the conventional wisdom of the NBC Sports announcers…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/13/14 at 06:40 PM ET

Yeah, this is pretty much the way most teams in the NHL defend nowadays anyhow. Not sure the space on the sides of the rink does much except create some more perimeter chances of the type that you’d expect any competent pro goalie to stop 99.9% of the time. The extra space slows the game a little bit and takes away some of the dangerous hits.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/14/14 at 10:27 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Hahahahaha As usual Babcock is way beyond everyone else and identified aspects and repercussions you never have heard from anyone else.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/14/14 at 01:08 PM ET

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Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/14/14 at 12:08 PM ET

Or he just has no understanding of how to use the bigger ice to his benefits, as maybe evidenced by the game against Finland.

Posted by Garth on 02/17/14 at 12:57 PM ET

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