How Hitchcock’s low-support system is turning the Oilers’ season around

The Score

Hiring Ken Hitchcock may be Peter Chiarelli's best move as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers are 6-2-1 under Hitchcock, and 6-1-1 when Connor McDavid has been in the lineup. Under former head coach Todd McLellan, Edmonton was 9-10-1.

Hitchcock has implemented a few changes, but none bigger than ingraining his low-support system into the minds of his players. Edmonton's forwards are coming lower with and without the puck in the defensive zone, and it's paying dividends.

Here's a screenshot from the Oilers' final game under McLellan – a 6-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. When Vegas has the puck behind the net, Edmonton's wingers Zack Kassian (No. 44) and Jujhar Khaira (No. 16) are hanging high in the zone while defending the point. That leaves a Golden Knights skater wide open in the slot.

#hockey, #professional

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