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Ideal workload for starting goalie on playoff-bound teams

Trending toward splitting time with backup down stretch to keep each fresh

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Philadelphia Flyers are testing the importance of goaltending depth in a record-matching manner this season, with Mike McKenna claimed off waivers to become the seventh goalie to play in their first 43 games on Tuesday.

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Colorful pads remain contentious topic for goalies

Function vs. fashion at heart of long-term belief that white is most effective choice

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Carey Price generated a lot of buzz this week by wearing another set of red pads and gloves during practice with the Montreal Canadiens.

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Rinne named first Unmasked Goalie of the Year

Won Vezina Trophy with Predators, at forefront of equipment, technical innovations

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Editor's note: As part of NHL.com's end-of-year package, correspondent Kevin Woodley is using his final weekly column of 2018 to give out the first annual Unmasked Goaltender of the Year Award. The winner this year is Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. 

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Goalies have fond memories of equipment received on Christmas

Masks, pads, gloves gifted on holiday led to many wanting to play position

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Pheonix Copley is from North Pole, Alaska, so it only made sense to begin Unmasked's annual Christmas-themed look at goalies and gear with the backup of the Washington Capitals.

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Goalies elated at more opportunities for them to score goal

Prolonged empty-net scenarios provide chance to join elite group

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Goalies aren't upset by the trend of being pulled earlier in games for an extra attacker. They are too busy salivating at the prospect of scoring when the other goalie gets pulled.

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Fleury always finding ways to make game fun for Golden Knights

Keeping himself, teammates loose top priority for veteran goalie

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The game is called Last Puck, and with the exception of a few NHL teams, it takes place toward the end of warmups before each game.

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Goalies adjusting mindset for higher-scoring games

Increased offense in NHL has led to change in approach

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- When Connor Hellebuyck looked up at the out-of-town scoreboard during a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 19, the Winnipeg Jets goalie couldn't help but notice a lot of big numbers from around the NHL.

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Goalies' aptitude for reading comprehension vital

Ability to decipher options in attacking zone tantamount to success

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- When it comes to reading a play, NHL goalies are a lot like NFL quarterbacks in the way they quickly scan the playing area and sort through a litany of fast-moving factors and options before making each decision.

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Retired NHL goalies often in no rush to play position

Lack of competitiveness, physical, mental reasons are why most prefer forward, defenseman in special games

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Martin Brodeur and Marty Turco will each be in goal at the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic game Sunday, but that isn't the preferred position for most former NHL goaltenders.

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Goalies trying to avoid highlight-reel saves

Smart, simple plays favored over flashy, athletic ones

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- It is one of the great ironies of being an NHL goaltender that saves celebrated by others with highlight-of-the-night replays, top-10 lists and viral status on social media often are treated with contempt by the player who made it.

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