Matt Murray delivered a master class on managing screens in his Pro Reads debut, touching on a long list of themes while identifying four keys to dealing with traffic and cross-body shots.
It was so good, we decided to stick with the screen theme for a couple more video breakdowns with the Toronto Maple Leafs goalie and two-time Stanley Cup winner, but before you dig into this one, we highly suggest going back and checking out that deep-dive debut on how to deal with screens, an area he excelled statistically last season, according to Clear Sight Analytics:
Doing so will make it that much easier for you to identify the keys to managing this play.
As already mentioned, Murray is once against dealing with traffic, but this time it’s against the Detroit Red Wings and he’s got to handle more than just one player in front of his crease:
Knowing how he processed and managed that first screen against the Calgary Flames in his Pro Reads debut, what are the key pieces of information he is looking for against Detroit this time?
In what ways might having the extra opponent in front of the net change how he handles this?
Does the presence of a teammate in that sight line affect how he plays this? In what way?
Do you think Dylan Larkin is more likely to shoot short side or far side at this point? What about Larkin’s situation can help you determine if he’s shooting to score or to generate a rebound?
To get a better feel for pace, direction and changes in angle and traffic position, watch the entire sequence in real time and ask yourself the same questions about how he handles it and why:
THE PRO READ
Let’s hear why Murray approached this screen and how it differed from his debut:
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