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Tailing the Komets

Inside The Zone Jan. 23.


Tue, 01/24/2012 - 5:57pm

You were praising the umbrella a lot last year during the playoffs too, as I recall. I made a point then to study up on powerplay formations  -- overload, umbrella, modified umbrella -- since I admittedly didn't know nearly as much as I wanted to about hockey plays. You had made the umbrella sound like some super secret strategy, but it is just about all I see run in the NHL (at least in its modified form). Maybe it's unique at this level, but it isn't unique to hockey. There is more than one effective way to defend against it (like the collapsing diamond) so long as you have players who know what the heck they are doing out there. If the K's run it all the time, teams are going to know that and prepare accordingly. That shouldn't come as a surprise.