For goalies, it’s a great chance to “go to school” with one of the best by seeing if you can identify some of the similarities — and perhaps also some key differences — between Hellebuyck’s first three Pro Reads rush breakdowns (and with that in mind, we’d recommend reviewing them before walking through this one) .
This time Hellebuyck is facing a 2-on-1 rush against the Nashville Predators, with Matt Duchene carrying the puck into the zone and a passing option to his left:
Do you think it’s possible to anticipate shot or pass already?
After watching Hellebuyck’s first two Pro Reads, do you think he has?
Speed is an important part of assessing any odd-man rush, but as you watch the entire sequence below, see if you can find other cues as to whether this is going to be a shot or a pass? When are you confident it’s one of the other?
Were there any that had you thinking it might be a pass?
Just like the first two, what do you make of Hellebuyck’s positioning as Duchene closed in, and the fact he didn’t have any backwards flow?
THE PRO READ
Let’s hear how Hellebuyck approached this and how he knew a shot was coming:
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