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Author: Paul Campbell

Three-frame Breakdown: Nilsson’s Tricky Stick Predicament

The LA Kings score their second goal of the night against Vancouver’s Anders Nilsson on a pinpoint-precise pass from behind the net. It threads the needle between the defender’s blade and the goaltender’s:   There’s not much a goalie can do once the pass gets though. However, did Nilsson make the best decision on the pass itself? He plays it conservatively, stick positioned to most efficiently defend against the shot should the pass get through. But what if he had turned the blade over, actively trying to impede the pass?   In this case, turning the blade...

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Three-frame Breakdown: Andersen’s Late Screen

Frederik Andersen was given a pass by most analysts for the first goal he allowed tonight, due to the screen: This wasn’t a straightforward save, certainly, but Andersen had a better chance at stopping this than a quick look might lead you to believe. Why? Andersen had eyes on the puck off the release. Andersen’s head tracks the presumed path of the puck as it slips behind the screen, but he does not move to compensate. The puck barely misses Andersen’s right pad. Had he adjusted sooner, he makes the save. See for yourself: Agree or disagree? Let...

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InGoal 2017-18 Preview: Atlantic Division

It’s another new NHL season – and for a number of teams across the league, there’s going to be a drastically new look in net. With the expansion draft sending one well-known starter out west – and a number of other teams doing the goalie shuffle as a result of the addition of Vegas to the league – it’s a lot to keep up with. InGoal has taken a deep dive into the in-net situations for all 31 (yes, there are now 31) teams around the league. From the starters to the minors, each and every franchise has been...

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New Aesthetics of Goaltending: Myth of the Standup Goalie

The New Aesthetics of Goaltending series explores the evolution of the position, using historical examples to highlight the subtler grace of the modern game. It’s Art Appreciation for hockey fans. You can find Volume 1 here, and Volume 2 here. Volume 3: The Myth of the Standup Goalie The Save Kirk McLean was a bit of a throwback even in 1994. His game had evolved since the 80s, no doubt, but he was still a standup goalie in an era where the butterfly had clearly emerged from its chrysalis. And I’m thankful for it, because he gave us one of the finest standup-style stacked-pad saves...

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The Meaning of Carey Price

Whenever management trades or pays a beloved player, a chorus of eternal killjoys rises from the dark depths of their accounting offices, groaning that hockey is a business. We saw it when Connor McDavid signed for $12.5 million a season, and we saw it when the Canadiens announced they’d be paying star goaltender Carey Price $10.5 million for the maximum 8-year term. The verdicts are swift and merciless. The killjoys aren’t wrong, of course. Asset management and the allocation of limited resources are absolutely vital to the success of any organization. Teams that spend foolishly will eventually pay for...

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