Montreal’s Charlie Lindgren pointed to practice time since turning pro as key to his development over four full seasons as a pro, and InGoal got a firsthand glimpse earlier this season.
With the Canadiens in Vancouver for one short practice and one game-day skate before starting a road-trip against the Canucks, we got to watch Lindgren and Montreal goaltending coach Stephane Waite work through a series of specific drills in a really short period of time, including a reverse-VH drill using the boards because both nets were being used for shooting drills that we spotlighted way back in December. The following day, after the Canadiens morning skate, they stayed out to work on a drill with two shooters with several components: a pass behind the net, a walkout and another pass through the crease, which we shared here in March.
Waite and Lindgren weren’t done there. After the shooters departed, they stayed out for one more drill on their own. This one focused on point shots, and recovering when those go wide of the net and come out the other side, an increasingly intentional tactic in the NHL. It’s also a good example of a drill you can do without extra shooters, so we wanted to share it, as well as the key points that Waite shared with us after reviewing footage together later that day:
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