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Last time we checked in with Chris Driedger, the Florida Panthers goalie shared some great advice about the importance of creating good battle habits in practice, not only because it can lead to Save of the Year moments like his reach back paddle stop a couple of weeks ago, but also because it will inspire teammates to battle hard for you in return come game time.

All that said, Driedger also recognizes a lot of team practice drills aren’t goalie friendly, and it can be tough to adopt that battle mentality through wave after wave of chances the goalie has little chance of stopping. In fact, it can become counterproductive at some point the same way playing shinny all summer can if too much repetition of bad habits becomes ingrained.

Driedger lives it, even now in the NHL, and knows how frustrating those types of drills can be.

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