This is our sixth Pro Read featuring Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier, and while the first four have been loaded with a variety of sometimes complex situations, the last two featured simpler movements and tips that tie into Bernier’s foundational cues.
That doesn’t mean they’re both not still loaded with great play-reading tips, however.
Last time, Bernier added important rules for working with defensemen on shot blocking – and more important, when they shouldn’t try to block shots – to simple tips on shot preparation.
This time, Bernier breaks down the factors he picks out on a rush chance to choose his depth, but he also reviews some of his staples in terms of positioning and movement.
That’s also a highly skilled player carrying the puck into the middle of the ice in Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner. So as you watch the rush unfold in the save video below, see if you can identify clues from Marner that might tell you that pass in the freeze frame above was coming rather than him trying to shoot through, or deke around, that low Detroit defenseman?
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