With a couple of days in Vancouver between games this week, Halak was kind enough to sit down for an extended video session, and it was no surprise that a goalie who prides himself on making good reads had a lot of great insights to offer in the Pro Reads format.
We start with a shorthanded rush chance against the Florida Panthers from earlier this season that is bordering between a 3-on-3 and a 3-on-2 as it comes through the neutral zone:
Does it matter than the Rangers are on a power play? Why?
“Everything starts in the neutral zone,” Halak explains in the Pro Reads video below. “I am trying to read how many guys are coming and who do I have defending.”
And again, is there anything about his Rangers teammate that plays a role?
Now watch the entire sequence to get a better feel for the pace of the attack:
THE PRO READ
Let’s hear how Halak read the threats and some unique insights into his save selection:
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What a great idea to use that paddle as an anchor on that kind of play. How many times do you see a puck slime through the goalie’s legs on a backdoor push like that?? Plus the extra Quick style upright from the waist elevation it gives you…….