Against The Grain

Against The Grain

Is used to describe a type of play or shot that goes in a direction or against the flow that is less expected by opponents, including goaltenders. It often involves a player making a move or taking a shot in a way that surprises the opposition, catching them off guard. A player might make a deke, pass, or shot that goes against the usual movement of play on the ice, potentially creating an advantage by confusing defenders or the goaltender.

Examples of going “against the grain” in include:

  • A forward deking to their backhand when the defense expects a forehand shot.
  • A player making a cross-ice pass when defenders are anticipating a play along the boards.
  • A goaltender moving laterally to make a save in the opposite direction of the shooter’s release.
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