Games use 5-on-5 hockey. This means that, at full strength (no penalties and goalie in the net), your team will have 3 forwards and 2 defensemen on the ice.
Your lineup will determine which forwards play together (on the same line) and which defensemen play together (in the same pairing).
Note: Forwards cannot play as defensemen and defensemen cannot play as forwards.
If a spot in your lineup is filled, the player's name will appear linking to their profile, with their rating underneath and, underneath that, their style (italicized).
The ice-time each line and pairing gets is determined by how many rounds (minutes) of play they are assigned which can be edited in "Settings" (left navigation).
If any spot in your lineup is unfilled and either you begin to play a game or another team begins to play you, your entire lineup will be automatically filled by the computer.
There are no designated power play or penalty killing lines or pairings. If a home game is played round-by-round, you will get to choose which lines and pairings are used for power plays and penalty kills, otherwise lines and pairings be sent out in accordance to your settings.
When killing a penalty, the right-wing forward is always the skater who sits out. If two of your players are in the box, then the center sits out.
If the penalized player's line is on the ice then he is replaced by another player of the exact position from the highest line or pairing available.
Don't be afraid to edit your lines and pairings as well as your ice-time distribution. Finding the best combinations is one of the biggest challenges in the game.
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