Timing, positioning dictate offensive risks

While adjusting to their own end, NHL defensemen are finding openings at the other.

Updated: November 14, 2002, 2:21 PM ET
By Brian Engblom | Special to ESPN.com

Joining the rush means choosing the right time and spot to jump in and not get burned. If you want examples of how it should be done, check out Paul Coffey or Ray Bourque footage. The two top-scoring defenders were the best at knowing how and when to make an offensive impact. But there are also some active players who've developed the savvy to know that timing is everything.

Here are my elite five: Phil Housley, Blackhawks Brian Leetch, Rangers Mathieu Schneider, Kings Nicklas Lidstrom, ...

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