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Assuming roughly equal overall skill and talent what kind of hockey players and teams play better outdoors than others Worse - Parkers Legacy

Assuming roughly equal overall skill and talent what kind of hockey players and teams play better outdoors than others Worse

In normal conditions teams with less technical ability generally dump the puck and chase it more than top-end forward lines.It’s a simpler offensive game that relies on skating and battles along the boards rather than open-ice stick handling and passing.Teams that rely on tape to tape passes generally benefit from crisp ice and have less success orchestrating cross-ice passes as the period wears on.

As a result, teams that regularly play the dump and chase are more effective on bad ice than carrying the puck.Teams with skilled puck carriers and efficient transition play are forced to simplify their game to deal with outdoor conditions (like last Winter Classic’s snow) because surface irregularities will cause the puck to bounce or drag in unpredictable ways.It’s like playing on late-period or warm-weather ice all the time.

The outdoor ice might not be soft, but it’s just as unpredictable as playoff overtime ice that results in lots of pucks hopping over sticks and garbage goals in close.

I’m not sure they’ve been doing these games long enough to see it wash out in any stats.The only general things I’d argue: I suspect players who come from a background where pond hockey is the norm are going to be generally more acclimated to playing outdoors in the elements.