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Goaltenders find bigger rebounds can be better

Ability to get puck out of close-in danger fuels change in equipment, philosophy

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

It wasn't that long ago that a big rebound meant a bad rebound. That's no longer necessarily the case.

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Ability to quickly reset hot-button issue for goalies

Different paths lead to common goal of mental toughness

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby doesn't have a reset button. Instead, he searches for a drop of water each time the puck gets past him.

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Elite goalies trust process, not stats

Numbers rarely present complete picture in evaluating performance

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Buffalo Sabres backup goalie Chad Johnson knows what the numbers say about his play.

Statistically, Johnson has been a worse goaltender this season than he was last season with the Calgary Flames, and he's played well below the standard he set in Buffalo two seasons ago.

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Hellebuyck's changes pay off in major way

Revisions to save selection fuel improvements in game of Jets goalie

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

When Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck set out to rebuild his body and game during the past year, he decided to ditch the chicken wings.

That decision had nothing to do with his diet though.

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AHL shuttle helping some young NHL goalies

Saros, Korpisalo among those benefiting from minor league assignments

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Juuse Saros didn't have to worry about rust when the Nashville Predators came off a five-day break because he had spent that time playing with Milwaukee in the American Hockey League.

That extra work, while most of his teammates were enjoying mini vacations, paid off when a sharp Saros, 22, made 43 saves in a 1-0 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in the first game back for the Predators on Tuesday.

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New smell test emerges for goaltenders

Burning rubber becomes more common odor in harder-shot era

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

The smell is unmistakable, reminiscent of standing next to a car doing a burnout. It regularly fills the nose of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

It's the smell of burning rubber, and it has become part of the life of an NHL goalie.

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Head games no issue for Flames goalie Rittich

25-year-old rookie latest to take superstition to next level

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Calgary Flames backup goaltender David Rittich likes to have his head in the game as early as possible.

So, on days he is scheduled to start, he asks someone to take shots at his mask at the end of the morning skate, a ritual with roots to his 36-save shutout Oct. 14 while playing for Stockton of the American Hockey League.

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Artistic canvas continues to grow for goalies

Ability to personalize equipment affords opportunities to showcase personality

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltenders have shown their personalities for years through custom-designed masks. Now that ability is showing up on other equipment.

Customized leg pads, gloves and blockers have provided a new canvas for goalies interested in providing an insight into who they are and what inspires them.

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Goalies always geared up for Christmas

Price, Rinne among those sharing stories of favorite gifts

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price insists he wasn't snooping for presents, but when it comes to his most memorable hockey-related Christmas gift, he admits to finding it before Dec. 25.

It was a set of red Vaughn pads that he first saw over the summer in Penticton, British Columbia. 

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Rinne welcomes changes to his game

Predators goalie reassessed confidence, technique after Stanley Cup disappointment

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Goaltender Pekka Rinne had never experienced anything quite like the devastation of losing in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

"I haven't had that kind of feeling," said Rinne, the No. 1 goalie for the Nashville Predators. "It was so empty."

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