REMEMBER: The attacking zone and the defensive zone are based on the direction of play. One team's attacking zone is the other team's defensive zone.
Cycling the puck is essential to creating a scoring chance on the ice. When cycling the puck, players on the attacking team persistently pass the puck to one another in an effort to open up the ice and to create a scoring opportunity. This is how most goals are scored in hockey.
PRO TIP: If a team is passing the puck frequently in the attacking zone, you can be confident they are utilizing a cycling strategy of some sort.