Definition of penalty killer in English:

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penalty killer

noun

Hockey
A player specializing in preventing the opposing side from scoring while the strength of that player’s team is reduced through penalties.
Example sentences
  • He's physical, a good penalty killer and is younger than 30.
  • The addition of the player, a hard-hitting penalty killer, should help.
  • The team in the next round might have better penalty killers, squelching the opportunity to win on special teams.

Derivatives

penalty killing

noun
Example sentences
  • But today's goaltenders can add another important dimension to penalty killing.
  • The team's penalty killing, which is based on its goaltending, must get better in the second half.
  • The key to penalty killing is good positioning, reaction and anticipation more than anything.

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Syllabification: pen·al·ty kill·er

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