Being closer to the point of a deflection increases the angle required to beat a goaltender, improving the odds of a blocking save.

Crashing the Crease: Crashing the Crease

No, that title is not a symptom of double vision or some colossal editorial mistake. There is an important element to any hockey team’s game plan, and that is the very act of crashing the crease. Some broadcasters may refer to it as having good “net presence,” “going to the dirty areas to score,” or being in position to score a “garbage goal.” But net presence — and crashing the crease — is not a simple thing. Any team looking to crash the crease has a few major goals to accomplish, and each tactic demands a different response from the …

2011-12's Best Value Goaltender

Crashing the Crease: Statistical Deviants

When I started writing this week’s article, I had initially planned to try and give some insight into the pressures of goaltending and how a massive contract can impact a guy. I kind of veered left, though, as I looked for a way to quantify not just a goalie’s performance, but his overall value to the team. It may seem pretty straightforward, but to fully understand it, I felt that some simple metrics could be combined to give a better total insight. Using www.capgeek.com, I pulled the cap hits for the goalies with the top 25 cap hits for the 2012-2013 …

Bryzgalov's on-ice displays can be a distraction. Courtesy of the National Post.

Crashing the Crease: A Better Bryz?

Another summer means another one of Ilya Bryzgalov’s goaltending camps in Ufa, and the quirky Flyers goaltender has taken time to speak to Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov. Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov has published an early preview of this entertaining question and answer and in the midst Ilya’s sometimes cryptic answers lies a big clue as to what he may be focusing on for next season: “But I cannot say that I have ‘sport rage’ now and the next season I will show who the real Bryzgalov is! I set certain goals for myself and I will work to reach them. …

Leights reaches to cover a puck

Crashing the Crease: Killer Rebounds

Last week, Kevin took the time to evaluate Michael Leighton’s year in the AHL and to provide some insight into issues that we may expect to see with him.  One of the big issues I saw in watching the videos was what I’m going to call the “killer rebound.” In basic terms, this “killer rebound” is a first save gone wrong.  Horribly wrong.  The goalie makes the stop and, for a moment, feels a glimmer of satisfaction.  His pallor quickly reveals, though, that all is not right with this save. For one reason or another (i.e. a purely blocking save …

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Crashing the Crease: Everything Old Is New Again

Paul Holmgren has wasted little time in filling the backup goaltender position left vacant from the Sergei Bobrovsky trade, extending journeyman backup Michael Leighton on a one-year, $900k contract. Ever a polarizing figure, some fans would rather Leighton never don a Flyers uniform again; others still believe him to be the savior of that season and are glad to see his return. However, there is one thing that cannot be ignored by both fans and detractors: in an incredibly weak backup market that saw almost every other option sign longer and more expensive contracts (with yesterday’s Al Montoya signing being …

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