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Author: Cat Silverman

Elvis Merzlikins goes Graceland with new mask design

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltending prospect Elvis Merzlikins has been playing – and playing well – for Switzerland’s HC Lugano for the last four seasons. He hasn’t fallen below a .913 save percentage during that time, serving as one of the team’s key pieces since he was 19. Recently, he and the team put up a stellar performance at the 2017 Spengler Cup, making it to the Final against Team Canada during the international tournament. While skating out against Canada, Merzlikins sported a new mask – and it’s pretty fantastic. Designed and painted by Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush Airbrush, the...

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Cujo recreates a classic with his Alumni Game mask

Curtis Joseph – known fondly as Cujo by his numerous fans around the NHL – has been out of the game for a few years now. When he steps out on the ice for the upcoming Centennial Classic Alumni game, though, expect him to look a bit familiar. Cujo got together with mask artist Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush to create his new design for the Alumni game, which was revealed on Saturday morning. Per Marsolais, the two tried to keep things as close to the memorable designs as possible: “For this one,” Marsolais told InGoal, “we wanted to stay close...

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Carter Hutton’s Winter Classic mask is a home run

Carter Hutton is new to the St. Louis Blues – but he’s jumping right into his new team with his Winter Classic mask for the upcoming outdoor game. Designed and airbrushed by Jesse Acciacca of Jesse’s Custom Designs (Hutton’s long-time mask artist), the mask is transformed into a baseball with intricate ‘stitching’ painted onto the body of the mask. Surrounding the mask on each side is a montage of legends for the St. Louis Cardinals, as the mask pays tribute to the city’s iconic baseball team. The backplate completes the theme with all of St. Louis’ championship years. From Yadier Molina...

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Jaroslav Halak waived by New York Islanders

Things between the New York Islanders and veteran starting netminder Jaroslav Halak have been tense since earlier this season, when Halak’s agent took to Twitter to publicly complain about the team’s three-goaltender system. At the time of the complaints, it was reported that the Islanders decided to publicly shop Halak around the NHL. With his high cap hit, though, it didn’t seem that there were any buyers. As a result, it looks like the team is giving him up for free. It was confirmed on Friday morning that Halak, who has a 6-8-5 record and a .904 save percentage...

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Ins and Outs of Rangers Superb Backup Antti Raanta

InGoal File Photos by Buren Foster Antti Raanta is what Pekka Rinne would be if he played ten feet farther back. It sounds ridiculous, right? Take away his aggressive depth, and you’ve taken away Pekka Rinne. It may not be a ten-foot difference, but there’s a decided variance in how far out the two Finnish netminders play – and doesn’t that separate them more than anything else? Looking closer, though, Raanta shared a number of Rinne’s smaller, subtle idiosyncrasies in net. He’s got an active glove hand, catching and covering the puck whenever he’s able. He’s also got a...

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