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Crashing the Crease: Window of Opportunity

Pardon my cliché-ness, but I’m going to start with a quote this week. When a door closes, a window opens. In my mind, this statement embodies the goaltending position. The entire point of the game culminates in beating the goalie, yet 90-plus percent of the time, the goalie prevails at the NHL level. As the art of goaltending has progressed into a science, we’ve seen goalies get better, average save percentages rise and strategies and rules put in place to effectively limit the goalie’s impact. I’d say that a majority of the new rules put in place for this purpose …

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Crashing the Crease: Home Cooking

The 2012-2013 NHL season had all the earmarks of a solid season for the league as a whole. Last season ended in fantastic fashion for the growth of the game. The LA Kings had sparked some real interest in the game out West, even bringing to light the fact that David Beckham has been a Kings fan before it was cool [again]. People who weren’t Canadian transplants were paying attention to the sport. The East Coast equivalent of L.A. was ready to see a return to the limelight, as the New York Rangers had effectively re-tooled and upgraded their roster. …

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Crashing the Crease: “Clutchness,” Revisited

About a month ago, we looked at a breakdown of Bryz’s save percentage in two minute buckets. The intent was to measure how “clutch” Bryz was by evaluating his save percentage at key points in the game through the first 41 Flyers’ games. What we saw was, at least at a high level, a stark difference between his performance in wins and losses. Looking back on the previous season, though, there was an improvement in Bryz’s game once he was handed the reins after the Winter Classic. Thus, there was a necessity to complete the analysis and see what the …

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Crashing the Crease: Stick Discipline

This week, we’ve received the news that we’re likely looking at a lockout. This was great for me, as I really love the prospect of prolonged revenue sharing discussions.  I like hockey, don’t get me wrong, but I’m also pretty sure that the on-ice action isn’t why we’re all fans.  There’s actually very little doubt that an HBO 24/7 series chronicling the boardroom discussions leading to the pending shutdown of NHL hockey would rival the tension and entertainment value of an OT game in the Stanley Cup Finals, and I’m glad the league recognized this fact. Still, even with how …

Courtesy of Bleacher Report.

Crashing the Crease: A Tale of Two Bryzies

Goalies, by and large, are fragile.  As you look at more elite goalies, you see that they’re able to better overcome this inherent fragility, but even the best out there have developed coping mechanisms for the rigors of the position. “Routines” or “rituals,” as you’ll hear them called, are euphemisms for superstitious routines that let goalies exert a sense of ownership and control over a situation that is essentially dictating their activities.  Patrick Roy talked to his posts and skipped over the red and blue lines on the ice.  Braden Holtby, the Caps’ rookie netminder, was known for a “one-for-you, …

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