Tuesday, March 1, 2011

TO BE IN BLUE, OR NOT TO BE IN BLUE? THAT IS MILLER'S AND LUNDQVIST'S QUESTION




Ryan Miller likes to play shots from near the top of his crease. He's from the old school, where the geometric notion of coming out farther creates less space for the shooter to see and increases the chance you will get hit with a puck and not have to react.

Henrik Lundqvist likes to play deep. He's from the CuJo Copycat School, where playing further back in the blue allows you to avoid getting beat on the sides and lets you rely on reflexes and and look-big stance to handle shots.

Which style is best? I'm an old school top-creaser. But that's a debate we can delve into the next time we have a lifetime to discuss the pros and cons. What's clear is that both goalies owned their contrasting styles Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden and showed how either one can work if executed properly.

Do you think Lundqvist plays too far back in his net? Hit me up in comments...

1 comment:

  1. Actually, Miller, being the bigger guy, could play a little deeper. Vice versa for Lunky.
    The best positional goalie of all time, IMO, was none other than Grant Fuhr. He'd telescope in and out and always seem to be at the right depth.

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