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It seemed fitting to have Chris Driedger lined up for another Pro Reads on May the 4th after he had baby Yoda (Grogu) and the Mandalorian on his mask to start the season, but aside from the Star Wars fandom it also made sense since he’s 13-6-3 with a .923 save percentage.
It also doesn’t hurt that Driedger, who is set to return from a lower body injury later this week, has been so insightful and open sharing tips and advice in his first two video breakdowns.
So, without further delay, let’s dig into his third Pro Reads.
This sequence against the Columbus Blue Jackets looks innocent enough in the neutral zone, but that one-on-one rush quickly becomes a breakaway for Liam Foudy as he gets a step on Florida Panthers defenseman Gustav Forsling coming across the blue line.
Taking a quick look at both Foudy as he reaches the top of the left faceoff circle, what factor can you identify that might provide a hint about what he might do here? Does the angle Foudy is attacking change your approach as a goalie compared to a straight on breakaway? How?
What do you make of Driedger’s depth outside his crease at this point?
Let’s look at the entire save sequence now to see how Driedger handled it:
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