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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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In-season adjustments can be difficult for goalies

Implementing style changes often leads to overthinking at critical moments

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- There is a scene in the 1986 movie "Top Gun" when a Navy fighter pilot played by Tom Cruise is asked during a critical review of an aerial combat encounter what he was thinking.

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Skipping practice could become increasing trend for goalies

Price, Smith among those to cut down to keep from getting overworked

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- When Carey Price didn't take the ice with the rest of his Montreal Canadiens teammates for practice on Oct. 9, the No. 1 goalie wasn't taking a day off.

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Holtby, Schneider show value of switching goalies in playoffs

Devils, Capitals latest to benefit from change

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

The immediate success of goaltender switches for the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils during the Stanley Cup Playoffs highlights the importance of being able to change course in a series.

History shows this to be the case.

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Luongo should be 'really proud of' 1,000 games, Brodeur says

Goalies reflect on what it takes to reach rare milestone

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The names on the list joined by Roberto Luongo on Thursday say it all:

Patrick RoyMartin Brodeur.

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Ability to master sharp-angle shots mandatory skill for goaltenders

Post-play options have emerged as integral parts of puck-stopping arsenal

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

To the uninitiated, the preoccupation with post play among NHL goaltenders and those who analyze them may seem at best disproportional to the actual demands of the position and at worst an unhealthy obsession filled with odd names.

There is a Post Lean VH (which stands for Vertical-Horizontal), Dead-Arm VH, the Reverse-VH, with multiple options for skate placement, Overlap, and even a Reverse-VH Overlap.

Some might think it's overkill.

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Shorter goalies find niche in what has become big man's position

Bernier, Raanta, Dell among those bucking trend toward taller peers

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

So much for talk about the end of shorter goalies in the NHL.

Judging by the height of goaltenders being drafted into the League, and currently making headlines, it might be tempting to think a goalie measuring 6-foot or under were becoming extinct.

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Georgiev impresses with Rangers, joins wave of Russian goalies to NHL

Rookie takes after Vasilevskiy, Varlamov, Bobrovsky

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

New York Rangers rookie Alexandar Georgiev is the latest in a line of Russian goaltenders to turn heads in the NHL.

He is 3-2-0 with a .929 save percentage in his first six NHL games, including a win against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

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