Jaroslav Halak is coming off an impressive season with the New York Rangers, going 10-9-5 despite some tough situation starts and posting a +1.3 adjusted save percentage that ranked 10th in the NHL (just behind playing partner Igor Shesterkin’s +1.4) to close within five wins of 300 in his NHL career, an impressive milestone that listeners of the InGoal Radio Podcast will know means a lot to the 5-foot-11 goalie from Slovakia.

Halak sat down for an extended video session in Vancouver in February, and it was no surprise a goalie who prides himself on making good reads had a lot of great insights to offer in the Pro Reads format. Halak is back to share more of them in his fourth installment.  


After walking us through a 2-on-1 led by Vegas Golden Knights sniper Jack Eichel in his last Pro Reads, this time Halak is dealing with a quick regroup transition just outside the blue line that turns into a 3-on-2 rush against those same Golden Knights who are 1 win from a Cup Final.

As the attacking players approach the top of the faceoff circle, what factors are you looking for as you try to read this situation and who represents the most likely – and most dangerous – option to score? What do you think of Halak’s depth and relaxed stance at this point?


Like most rush chances, speed matters when making those reads, so rather than posting more freeze frames, watch the entire save sequence and ask yourself the same questions:

Seeing how this unfolded, what stood out to you about the way Halak managed this play?

Do you think a left-handed puck carrier is more of less likely to shoot here?


Let’s hear how Halak read the attack and his keys to managing it:

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