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Lightning and The 1-3-1 "Tampa t"

I love hockey. I love analyzing. Both are passions of mine and they tend mix quite often. When I read Yzerman hired a coach with a unique, at least in the NHL, neutral zone trap, I was intrigued. I looked for coaching systems online that taught the 1-3-1 system and didn't find any; which only raised my interest in watching every game that much closer. Over the season I have been getting my money out of my NHL GameCenter account as I have been able to watch, and re-watch, how the Lightning operate under this system.

I rarely miss a game. Actually, there was no game this season that I missed; I was either there, watched it on Sunshine, or watched it on GameCenter. At least half of the 82 games I was able to spend time studying. I'm not listing this to boast or brag, but to let you know I really geek out on hockey - especially this year. Most people find going to games with me annoying which is nothing to brag about, but it's the truth. When the team does something different or handles situations differently than they had in previous games I try to point it out to the people at the game with me; trust me, to them in it's not cool, it's annoying. But I have learned a lot of hockey this year. I will share some of what I learned here so that other fans can better understand our game and maybe some other puck heads can throw in their two biscuits as I'd love to hear what others have picked up on. Hopefully this is a less annoying forum for this than at the Forum!

I will show you my observations on the 1-3-1 "Tampa t": I will diagram how it worked at different points in the season, the changes that have occurred, and where I think our strengths and weaknesses have been.

First things first, why do I refer to 1-3-1 as the  " Tampa t ". Well if you are using a hockey dry erase play board, you basically draw a lower case "t" on it:

Tampa-t-hl-up-rink_medium

Pretty simple. Now let's add my position indicators. Note that these are probably not what Boucher uses to coach the team, it's just how I mapped it on my hockey board while I'm watching tape and re-drawing the play:

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So let's talk about the role of xF1 as the puck is being moved up ice toward our zone. The common assumption is that this player is supposed to dog the puck carrier. This is only true to extent. If the puck carrier fumbles the puck between the opposing teams defensive zone blue line and center ice, yes the xF1 marker dogs the puck. However, the main role of the xF1 marker is to funnel the play away from center ice (and generally away from xD1) and eliminate cross ice passes after the puck carrier enters the neutral zone. On a play with no opponent sweeping crosses, it looks like this (the green circle is the puck/puck carrier):

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As you can see, things get pretty congested at the blue line. This is why we saw Washington dump and charge in our 4 game series. It's important to note that what we saw against Washington more resembled what the team was doing in November than what we saw in January through February. During those latter months we were not standing the blue, but cycling on the blue line as the puck crossed center ice. During those months it looked like this:

Up_ice_trap_spring_medium

There was a ton more movement on our blue line in the spring while the puck was being carried through the neutral zone. It was fun mapping it out though, and we were pretty consistent on the movement; although it didn't appear to be as nearly coordinated . xF3 was exciting to watch though because he was responsible for lining up hits as the puck carrier came up to the blue line.

Now, about the dump ins.... There was a lot of tape against Washington in regards to our system and how we controlled/forced the play. At times people were saying we were lucky, that Washington spent a lot of time in the our zone, but honestly we looked very composed the entire series (obviously right...it was a sweep after all) if you recognized the system. (Green arrow is a controlled play on the puck by the carrier, purple bar between Xs and Os are the match up responsibilities of the Xs):

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Once the play is pinched to the boards by xD2, the play looks like this:

Up_ice_trap_spring_dump_pinch_medium

You can picture the ensuing scrum along the boards...

Now, when you look at this diagram where the puck is along the boards something should be glaring at you. All of our guys get pretty low in the zone, this is our weakness. The key for the opponents is getting the puck back out to the point, and actually Washington did a relatively decent job at this. The solution to this? This is our strength. Look at this stat:

 

 

16 results: 2010-2011 - PLAYOFFS - REAL TIME - BLOCKED SHOTS LEGEND ›
SUMMARY GOALS HOME/ROAD GOALS BY PERIOD GOALS FOR GOALS AGAINST GOAL-GAMES OUT-SHOOT/OUT-SHOT BY OT/SHOOTOUT RECORD PENALTIES POWER PLAY |POWER PLAY TIME PENALTY KILL PENALTY KILL TIME PLUS/MINUS REAL TIME LEADING/TRAILING SCORE/TRAIL FIRST SHOOTOUTS
Team Home: Hits BkS MsS GvA TkA Road: Hits BkS MsS GvA TkA Total: Hits BkS MsS GvA TkA FOW FOL FO%
1 TBL 142 106 63 55 47 148 127 60 22 17 290 233 123 77 64 366 371 49.7
2 SJS 173 120 87 93 71 166 96 73 42 21 339 216 160 135 92 408 347 54.0
3 NSH 174 82 64 69 56 152 102 68 39 30 326 184 132 108 86 400 410 49.4
4 PHI 200 105 88 48 37 101 70 58 33 14 301 175 146 81 51 330 374 46.9
5 BOS 183 78 72 54 37 99 91 73 37 24 282 169 145 91 61 370 323 53.4
6 VAN 261 94 89 60 88 175 70 67 28 35 436 164 156 88 123 448 427 51.2
7 DET 169 66 73 34 53 130 95 68 41 33 299 161 141 75 86 305 312 49.4
8 WSH 155 108 73 60 31 124 51 64 45 16 279 159 137 105 47 322 309 51.0
9 MTL 77 60 37 35 18 114 84 28 27 21 191 144 65 62 39 210 238 46.9
10 BUF 72 39 34 30 25 121 80 44 38 26 193 119 78 68 51 242 217 52.7
11 LAK 131 51 41 51 17 83 66 26 28 20 214 117 67 79 37 174 217 44.5
12 CHI 115 49 29 32 36 92 66 41 24 32 207 115 70 56 68 223 207 51.9
13 ANA 80 50 27 32 16 64 53 35 30 23 144 103 62 62 39 169 196 46.3
14 NYR 110 40 26 23 25 101 63 21 16 15 211 103 47 39 40 179 184 49.3
15 PIT 132 42 64 27 8 90 47 44 22 18 222 89 108 49 26 233 236 49.7
16 PHX 73 26 36 15 9 66 19 20 16 11 139 45 56 31 20 121 132 47.8

1-16 of 16 results    1

 

 

via http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20113ALLAAAAll&sort=blockedShots&viewName=realTimeStats

 

And this one:

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333 results: 2010-2011 - PLAYOFFS - ALL SKATERS - REAL-TIME STATS - BLOCKED SHOTS LEGEND ›
SUMMARY ASSISTS BIOS DIVISION FACEOFF LEADERS FACEOFFS GOALS HOME PENALTIES PLUS/MINUS POINTS REAL-TIME STATS ROAD SHOOTING % LEADERS |SHOOTING % SHOOTOUTS SPECIAL TEAMS TIME ON ICE
Player Team Pos GP Hits BkS MsS GvA TkA FOW FOL Tot FO% %Tm Shots G S%
1 Eric Brewer TBL D 11 32 43 4 7 4 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 1 5.3
2 Mattias Ohlund TBL D 11 20 36 5 5 4 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 1 16.7
3 Brett Clark TBL D 11 15 31 9 8 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 0 0.0
4 Victor Hedman TBL D 11 12 31 5 11 6 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 0 0.0
5 Dennis Seidenberg BOS D 11 27 31 11 7 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 1 3.3
6 Matt Carle PHI D 11 4 30 9 12 3 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 0 0.0
7 Douglas Murray SJS D 12 46 29 3 6 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 0 0.0
8 Marc-Edouard Vlasic SJS D 12 12 28 7 4 3 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 0 0.0
9 Alexander Edler VAN D 13 43 27 16 9 6 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 2 6.5
10 Kevin Klein NSH D 12 27 27 5 9 3 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 1 6.7

 

Via http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20113ALLSASAll&sort=blockedShots&viewName=rtssPlayerStats

Once that puck comes out from the boards to the point our defense is quick to get into those shooting lanes, because they know everyone is low. It's the "Tampa t" system!

More to come later if I get some more time!  Hope someone finds this interesting!

TankerKevo Out...

This post was written by a member of the Raw Charge community and does not necessarily represent or express the views or opinions of Raw Charge staff.

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