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“It absolutely requires lots of trust, but we play a team sport and we all know where each other is going to be,” Hillen said. “That’s why you have a system. I never think twice about it; I’ve never second-guessed whether the forward’s going to be there. And if you look over and you think the forward won’t be able to get back, you just don’t go and you play it safe.”

Green is OK with how Oates wants him to play because it does still allow him to get into prime scoring areas.

“If there’s an opportunity to jump up in the play and I’m going to create a three-on-one or something, I’m obviously going to do it,” he said. “That’s what he talks about a lot: making hockey reads. But there’s no need to be up in the play over the top of the circles. If it’s a three-on-three, there’s no need. We’ve talked about it, and it’s very clear what our limits are and that’s that.”

It’s about having common sense, especially for the more offensive-minded players, such as Green and Carlson.

“Unless you’re off the rush and there’s two-on-one or three-on-two where you need to go low, then you’re putting yourself out of position,” Carlson said. “Then you’ve got to beat five of their guys coming back to get to your net. It definitely doesn’t make sense, and I don’t think it’s much of an adjustment.”