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I love the habs but i never played organized hockey. I know there are some issues with playing on your off hand (also some shooting benefits) but my god, can we not just play an RHD on the left side? Would it THAT bad? Even with the team we have today. If Juulsen is back and ready to go why not have him anchor the second line and play Petry and Weber together?

Also, maybe we can use this thread to discuss our defensive lineup and the hole at LD1

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Its one of those things. 

Many years ago the Russian national team did extensive research on the problems caused by playing a defenseman on his offside & they said (Although im not sure the data was ever made public) that there was virtually no difference.

Years ago players would frequently play their offside on defense but in the last 20 or so years its become a real no-no. To the point of team canada picking worse LHD because we were so stacked at RD.

I cant think of anyone (other than TJ Brodie) who plays his off-side in in a top 4 role right now.  There are a few on bottom pairs but it just... isnt done.  It is sometimes tried for a while (In TO they tried both Muzzin and Rielly on their offsides) but it rarely lasts. 

So I dont know.  Would they consider it? Maybe.  Petry has said on record he'd give it a try, but I dont think the coaches will.  If new-style coaches like Richardson & Ducharme dont go for it, I dont think anyone would.   If they did though, and it worked, our defense becomes better over night with no additions:

Petry - Weber
Mete - Juulsen
Kulak - Brook
Folin

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32 minutes ago, habsisme said:

I love the habs but i never played organized hockey. I know there are some issues with playing on your off hand (also some shooting benefits) but my god, can we not just play an RHD on the left side? Would it THAT bad? Even with the team we have today. If Juulsen is back and ready to go why not have him anchor the second line and play Petry and Weber together?

Also, maybe we can use this thread to discuss our defensive lineup and the hole at LD1

Yes it would be. A D-man playing his wrong side is basically playing with his back to the play. (Plays along the boards using his backhand)

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10 minutes ago, habs1952 said:

Yes it would be. A D-man playing his wrong side is basically playing with his back to the play. (Plays along the boards using his backhand)

Yeah. That may not have been an issue when the League was slower but it becomes a problem with the speed of the game in the last few years. The disadvantage may be miniscule but it's still not ideal. Wasn't that long ago when we played guys on their wrong side and the coaches hated it.

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Yeah i played D when i was younger, make that much younger than i am now. sure you can do it in a pinch but you are always on your off side for passing and picking up the puck and like habs1952 said the time you spend with your back to the play will increase which can hurt in a couple of ways! i actually think our D is pretty good right now, some of the guys we brought in last year really surprised me and we have Jullsen coming back too he looked pretty good for a bit there but really if we are going to be serious we need to have a top tier LHD to be on par with other top teams. he does not have to be a star just able to play top minutes reliably meaning good defensive coverage and in our case some speed and offensive upside to pair with Webber. with Petry on the ice he brings offence so you can pair him with a more defensive guy as long as he can skate as Perty likes to pinch so his partner needs to be able to cover him off as for 5-6 we are super solid! one guy to play with Webber and we would have a very good D squad i think. pair that with a solid backup goalie and we would be very good as our forward group is deep. 

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It certainly is a huge factor playing on the opposite side, The obvious is picking up the puck behind the net with your strong hand, then protecting the puck with their body after getting possesion and allowing them to make a pass with the strong hand....

Anyone in the numbers industry can check this link out...

https://hockey-graphs.com/2016/03/04/quantifying-the-importance-of-handedness/

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