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Avs Film Room: How Defensive Breakdowns Are Happening



We’ll get a proper byline and mug shot for him soon, but for now, please welcome Jeff Heinzer to the site as a Film Room/Video Analysis guy. Jeff is a military veteran who also played some junior hockey in Canada and Houston. He’s a huge Avs fan.

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Here’s Jeff on what has gone wrong on a couple of Avs goals in the last couple of games, where assignments are being blown, etc. The 1-3-0 Avs play in Tampa Bay tomorrow.

Here’s Jeff’s view of what went wrong on a PP Panthers goal last night:

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A deeper look at what went wrong on a goal in Washington the other night:

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AD-Awesome segment, welcome to Jeff, great job – the segment breakdown against Florida is so well done and typical of the issues the Avs (and other teams) have in PK – whereas successful PKs attack puck possession and run the clock down, Colorado lets the other team skate, largely unpressured, with the puck for far too long. Great job on this Jeff.

Ted Grycel

Great job Jeff ! Enjoyed the commentary

Bob Neal

Good to see video added to this site. I never understood the logic behind having the two defensemen stand in front of the offensive player camped at the top of the crease. It makes no sense and usually results in goals as shown. Also, Makar and Girard are not a good defensive pairing.

Jeff Heinzer

Hey Bob, I have some Makar/Girard pairing video that I’ll try to get up sometime this weekend. Not so great

Bob Neal

Thanks Jeff. I hear Cale looked like the old Cale on Saturday.

Yan Girard

These videos demonstrates well that the forwards don’t make the work.


When does checking that guy off the top of your crease become interference?

Yan Girard

If a player X blocks a player Y that doesn’t have the puck and prevents to progress in the new position by moving in the line skating of the player Y.


I understand what interference is and when it’s called. By asking this question I was trying to make the point that moving a guy of the top of the crease is a very difficult thing to do. Not only do you run the risk of being penalized but you also contribute your own body to the screen. In my lowly playing career as a defenseman, I found this to be the most challenging aspect of my position. To make a long story short, I was hoping Jeff would explain to us how that should be done, instead of just telling… Read more »

Yan Girard

In the first video, JT Compher getting beaten up at the blue line. It opens the space in the top of the enclave to carry out a good shot. You cann’t get beat up like this at your blue line. In the second video, Tyson Jost turns the back on the game. Too much space/gap between the forwards (Mackinnon, Jost) and the opponent. Tyson Jost is out the position on the play. This allows at the opponent to carry out a shot directly of the enclave. The Avs forwards are too much passive. Only reduce the gap gives you the… Read more »

Aaron Hinton

Jeff, great stuff and welcome to the family…I coach 7th/8th grade girls basketball. They can tell you, yes these teenage girls can tell you that if you don’t communicate you’re going to get dominated over and over. This is half-assed effort by millionaire professional hockey players from a coach who is not holding them accountable. Something is going to have to change.

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