Originally Posted by Spooky
Yea, I had no clue what they were thinking. Ovie goes on the left half boards. If they respect that one-timer, left d comes up closer to the slot, if not Ovie rips them. Done deal.
The size and shape of the Euro rink limit the threat of a forward on the half-boards, who has way too far to travel to get into a good shooting position. That outer lane, which you would think might open things up, is in reality an offensive dead zone that slows the game down. And because the Euro bluelines are closer to the net, it's actually easier for defenders to get out and cover the points. It's no wonder there's more scoring on NHL-sized rinks.
And the automatic icing makes it all too easy to mount a trap in the uselessly large neutral zone. Dmen can move up and add to the centre-ice clutter without fear of getting burned by a dump-in or breakaway pass. I think the NHL's "hybrid" icing rule is the way to go. It loosens the trap, keeps the blueliners honest and still eliminates the dangerous race to the backboards.