Tips for the New Jersey Devils on Bad Nights

  • You see those guys in different color jerseys? Not the ones in black and white, the other ones. Yeah, you don’t like them. Hit them occasionally to keep them in line. If one of them drops their gloves and comes after you, hope David Clarkson takes him for you. If your name is Zach Parise, unless you turn into the Zach the Hulk again, run away.
  • You’ll notice you are equipped with a long carbonate device with a flat blade at the end. We call this a hockey stick. It’s used for moving the puck around on that white ice you skate on.
  • When the puck is at the end of your stick, you should pass it to one of the people in the same color shirt as you, or shoot it at the opposing player who stands in front of that white net held up by the red posts. That contraption is known as the net, and the player that stands in front of it is the goalie.
  • If you decide to shoot the puck at the goalie, either try to shoot the puck so it goes past him, around him, or through him. If you run out of options, turning the puck over to the players in different color uniforms is not acceptable. Try to shoot the puck at the goalie and have one of your teammates stand near the area in front of the goalie. He can deflect the puck, screen the goalie, or intercept a rebound and maybe get another scoring chance.
  • This is tricky: when getting off of the ice for a line change while play is going on, make sure the opposing team doesn’t have the puck and is skating quickly towards your own goalie. If they are, don’t leisurely get off the ice on to your bench! Either stay out on the ice and defend (see note 6) or get off quickly as another player replaces you. The first option should probably be heeded under most circumstances.
  • When the opposing team has the puck and is in your own zone (the area behind the blue line that your goalie is in), try to get the puck away from them. Do not simply skate around and wait for them to give up the puck. Aggressiveness is not necessarily a bad thing here. Going after a player who has the puck can sometimes lead to taking over control of the puck, or at the very least, forcing him to get rid of the puck, giving you or your teammates an opportunity to get possession of the puck.
  • If the opposing team goes to shoot the puck, while it’s a good idea to keep your stick down on the ice to try and stop or deflect the puck, be conscious of the fact that your stick may inadvertently deflect the puck in to your own net past your own goalie. Furthermore, make sure you are not standing in front of your goalie, preventing him from seeing shots from opposing players. Lastly, never let opposing players stand in front of your goalie as this may also have adverse effects.

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