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First of all - use vision control to skate backwards. Then position yourself so that your stickblade breaks the line between the puck carriers stickblade and the pass receiver. You don't have to do anything but be in the right position. Your player will automatically try to break the pass.







To increase the chance to intercept the pass, press L1 (LB xbox) to put the whole stick in the passing lane. You still need to hold L2, vision control (LT xbox), to skate backwards.









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Allow for the puck carrier to move inclose to you, once infront of, beside, whichever direction he is in, nail BOTH directional pads towards the man.

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On defense I mainly rely on positioning. Body checks are less effective in NHL 10 and focusing on keeping the stick blade in your opponents passing lane will get you a long way.
Strategy wise I try to force the puck carrier towards one side of the ice. This I do by positioning myself in the passing lane over to the weak side (the side where the puck isn't), so that my opponent only have the strong side (the side where the puck is) open to move/pass to.
Also, I kind of set a trap by not challenging the winger but positioning myself near him. When the winger receives the puck, I bodycheck him if he's by the halfboards (and I'm positioned right). If he moves away from the boards, I'll skate backwards, infront of him, letting him get closer until the puck's right infront of me and then I'll go for a poke check. This strategy works well with the Neutral Zone Trap.

I very rarely go for open ice bodychecks and on D I'm carefull when moving my players. Overchecking will send your players all over the ice, and that's what breaks down your defense. I skate backwards slowly (I sort of pump the LS with little moves in the direction I want to go), and I focus on following my opponents body (not the puck), letting him get closer until, when he's close enough, I make my move.

1 on 1, I position myself between the opponent and my own goal (quite obvious) and a little bit over to the weak side (trying to force him over to the near post). Letting him get closer, I try to challenge him, at least, before he pass the line between the face off points.



Here's a video with some solid defensive play from both teams (my opponent was actually better). I especially like how he body checks the pass reciever instead of going for the puck carrier (0:10).






Here's an example showing the importance of positioning. I play C here and instead of challenging the puck carrier all the time, I stay in the centre, trying to cut off the passing lanes, until I get an opportunity to win the puck.



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L2 (LT xbox) triggers vision control.

This will make you face the puck (or goal if your behind the net), enabling you to skate bakwards in defensive zone and to take better positions for deflections, passes and shots in the offensive zone.

Hold it to hipcheck on defense. Use it in passing lanes to intercept the opponent's passes.

Holding it down also makes your aim better, for both passes and shots.

Also, you can trigger special moves while using VC. L1 triggers a drop pass. If you hold it down and move the RS in a circular motion from 5 o'clock over to 7 o'clock, or vice versa, you'll make a spin move. Pulling the puck back to 5 or 7 o'clock (depending if your're a lefty or righty) while holding L2 triggers a one handed deke.

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I was fooling around in the training mode and discovered the drop pass. To exectue hold L2 (vision controll) and push R1 (LT + RB for xbox). The puck carrier will drop a pass backwards between his legs.



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When you deke you should also move your body. Combining the deke with a  change in skating direction gives you the extra edge. If you don't have time to zigzag your way towards goal, it's the last direction change that matters.




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These guidelines won't do you much good if you're the only one in your team that follows them. You should try to have some sort of basic strategy for positioning and how to move the puck from zone to zone. If you read this post and the one about lanes and the one about offensive postions, you should at least have a basic understanding about where you should be on the ice.

This post is about the prioritys breaking out of your own zone.

Your blue line is the most important line in hockey. Once you've moved the puck over it the oppostion won't be able to score (shouldn't be anyway) unless they bring it in again. If your break out is fast and controlled, you've got a better shot at getting the puck into the opponents zone.

Here's a clip of everything going wrong (scoring from outside blue and a turn over inside defensive zone - the D should have played it to the RW).





Now forgett you ever saw that clip (the worst match, from a swedish point, that I ever saw).




When a teammate's about to gain controll of the puck, all players need to get into position for the clearing play. However, you shouldn't leave the player you're covering unless you're sure a teammate will win the puck.

Positioning:

1) The wings on the wings, curling half way in.
2) The centre cirlces between faceoff circles.
3) D1 with the puck in the corner
4) D2 in front of the net
5) The goalie wathces how the game develops





Now when everyone's in position these are the options for D1, in order of priority:

1. Try to pass the RW.
2. If RW is being challenged, give the puck to the centre.
3. Option number three is to pass it to the LW.
4. Send it over to the D in the corner.
5. The D moves the puck up himself (sicksack to make yourself  harder to check).
6. Use the boards to get the puck into neutral and possibly offensive zone.




When the D got the puck in the corner he should:

1. Give it to the RW (or LW if he's in the left corner)
2. Pass the puck to the C.
3. If the C and RW are being challenged, D2 must make himself open for a pass behind net.
4. Shoot the puck by the boards over to the LW.
5. Bring the puck up himself.
6. Use the boards to get it out of the zone.

DO NOT GO FOR A DIAGONAL PASS, IN FRONT YOUR OWN NET, OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE.

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In order to keep the team in balance, forwards need to be aware of lanes. It's really simple as you can see in the picture. Avoid being more than 2 forwards in any lane at any time, unless your forechecking with 3 forwards - trying to get to a loose puck or trying to retrive the puck in the corner.
Normally you should have a forward in every lane, both on offense and defense.

On the rush you really want to spread out and take advantage of the whole width of the ice. If the puck is loose in a corner, 2 forwards can try to win the puck while the third forward position himself in the centre lane to take advantage of offensive chances or to backcheck, if neccessary.

When backchecking there should only one forward in each lane. The defenders on the other hand should play their puck carrier. So forwards play a zone defense while the defenders play man-to-man.

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I'd like to extend the tip about camera angle to an advice:

Use the Overhead angle when playing OTP. By pressing the select button you can switch between locking the camera to the puck or to your player.

This way, you can see teammates aswell as opponents behind you. I've been playing a couple of matches now and you immediately see when someone plays with the High or Low camera. Forwards playing with the BAP-camera sucks simply because they don't see that they got the option to send the puck back to the D behind them, when they get challenged or the D is in a better position. Defenders should play with the Broadcast camera, so they can see opponents camping in the neutral zone and get into their defensive position before the puck enters the neutral zone.

When to lock the camera to the player or to the puck depends on what position you play. But as a forward you can pretty much keep the camera locked to the action all the time. As a defender you want to lock to the action when both you and the puck are in the same zone, and to the player when not in the same zone as the puck.

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