• In The Cage: Season-Closing Top-40 Rankings

    Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com’s weekly segment, “In the Cage.” From updated goalie rankings to goalies you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

    This fantasy hockey season was truly the Year of the Goalie.

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  • In The Cage: Bryzgalov Steps Up at Right Time for Wild

    Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com’s weekly segment, “In the Cage.” From updated goalie rankings to goalies you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

    In a season loaded with stretches of stellar goaltending from surprising fantasy assets, nobody will ever forget the inspirational play of Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding.

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  • In The Cage: Lack on Attack During Playoff Push

    Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com’s weekly segment, “In the Cage.” From updated goalie rankings to goalies you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

    On Wednesday night, while New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was busy earning his 30th win of the season for the eighth time in his legendary career, a rookie Swedish goalie was also making some big saves in a key conference matchup for his team.

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  • In The Cage: Rookie Class is Rising High

    Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com’s weekly segment, “In the Cage.” From updated goalie rankings to goalies you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

    As of Thursday, a total of 88 goaltenders have made at least one NHL appearance this season.

    To put that number in perspective, it’s the highest total since the 2011-12, 2008-09, and 2007-08 seasons, when 89 goalies appeared in an NHL game. But that doesn’t trump the 2005-06 season, when a whopping total of 91 goalies were used.

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  • In The Cage: Key Backups Readily Available

    Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com’s weekly segment, “In the Cage.” From updated goalie rankings to goalies you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

    With only a few days before standard Yahoo Fantasy league playoffs begin (March 17), it’s time to pinpoint some hidden talent that can help you squeeze more points out of your goaltending categories.

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  • In The Cage: Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

    Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com’s weekly segment, “In the Cage.” From updated goalie rankings to goalies you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

    The NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday saw an unprecedented 11 members of the goalie union trade places before the 3 p.m. ET deadline. Surprisingly, not a single goalie prospect (American Hockey League or otherwise) was involved in any of the transactions that took place, so a lot of fantasy rosters saw some significant changes.

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  • ProHybrid’s Consistent Confidence Crease

    When used properly, synthetic ice can be a great tool for training goaltenders. This is especially true for families that face significant financial obstacles like the rising costs of ice time, team fees, equipment, and coaching.

    But now there’s an extremely powerful off-ice training tool for goalies that can eliminate many of those obstacles.

    The Consistent Confidence Crease goes way beyond the realm of synthetic ice. It’s a regulation-sized goalie crease slideboard that utilizes the Fan-tastic Sports technology along with the ProHybrid Visual Lead Position System in order to develop a goalie’s muscle memory.

    This skate-less slideboard and the accompanying drill progression system was strategically designed to provide goalies with a way to enhance their on-ice skills by using the same squareness, angle-play, and depth management needed on an NHL-sized crease.

    “The whole premise of the Consistent Confidence Crease is based on instant feedback,” said ProHybrid Training founder Zach Sikich. “Goalies can’t get that when they’re on the ice by themselves, so it’s designed to give goalies instant feedback on their squareness, angles, and the distance they travel when they’re in the crease. If you miss the bumper guides, you know instantly that you’re off your angle. Having that type of instant feedback is crucial in developing a consistent, confident goaltender.”

    **SPECIAL OFFER: If you’re interested in a test-run, visit the ProHybrid Training booth at the Let’s Play Hockey Expo on March 7-8. Be sure to e-mail info@prohybridtraining.com and reference this article in order to get a FREE 15-minute private lesson on the Consistent Confidence Crease.

    Sikich was kind enough to give The Goalie Guild a free demonstration of the Consistent Confidence Crease last month.

    At first, we expected it to be really easy to slide around and get from one point to the next. But we quickly found the process to be quite challenging.

    Not only did it force us to be positioned angle and move with the appropriate velocity with each push, but it forces you to have good eye discipline. Unless you look up and find the correct visual lead pole, you’re probably not going to hit your destination point with total accuracy.

    After a few minutes of doing a few of the basic progressions, we realized right away that not only does it provide visual feedback by reinforcing good habits, it provides you with great bio-feedback as well.

    In order to learn more about this excellent off-ice tool and training program, we suggest you take a few minutes to watch the video above. We’ve also included a basic breakdown of what you receive when you purchase a Consistent Confidence Crease from ProHybrid Training.

    PRODUCT FEATURES:

    + Designed to train goalie-specific muscles.
    + Built to withstand commercial training facility environments.
    + Utilizes high quality materials that meet X-HockeyProducts standards.
    + NHL regulation goalie crease (actual size of product is 15′ x 9′).
    + Ideal for one-on-one coaching.
    + Teaches proper positioning with the use of visual cues.
    + Provides an on-ice feel without the use of skates.
    + Includes two-tier training system by ProHybrid Training.

    PRODUCT INCLUDES:

    + One slideboard (15′ x 9′ dimensions).
    + Leg pad covers (specify small or large).
    + Slideboard booties (shoe covers).
    + Visual lead poles.
    + One can of board spray.
    + All pushers and bumpers.

    To purchase a Consistent Confidence Crease, call ProHybrid Training directly at 612-397-0758!

    CUSTOMIZABLE MOVEMENT PATTERNS

    The Consistent Confidence Crease uses adjustable stoppers that allows a goalie to create their own unique and customized movement patterns and drills. Everything from slides and shuffles to rotations and recoveries can be practiced at any time. ProHybrid’s tiered training system provides you with a complete collection of pre-made drills, or you can be create and make your own drill progression.

    You can also have two goalies executing movement drills at the same time. Remember, you don’t need to put the pads on for all of them, as ProHybrid provides up to 30 drills that don’t use the pads.

    “You really want to make sure you follow the progressions, and then put the pads on when you get your qualifying times,” Sikich explained. “Before a game, if your Consistent Confidence Crease is set up at an arena, two goalies can warm the legs and groins up and do some hand-eye coordination drills before strapping on the pads.”

    Beyond the structured progressions that ProHybrid provides, goalies and their coaches can be create and develop an infinite number of drills using the visual lead poles, pushers, and bumpers.

    TWO CHALLENGING TRAINING LEVELS

    The Consistent Confidence Crease was designed for goalies of all ages and skill levels.

    Within the ProHybrid Training program, you will find two challenging levels to work through: Foundation and Elite. Younger and less-experienced goalies will want to start at the Foundation level. This level allow you to get a feel for the system and the movements it incorporates.

    The Elite level has stopper placements placed further out as you approach the top angle. This level challenges even the most established goaltenders due to the precision needed in angle adjustment and power it takes to carry the full distance outside the crease.

    Below is a look at a few of the progression drills that you will find within the Consistent Confidence Crease system.

    PROGRESSION #1

    PROGRESSION #7

    DRILL SERIES D

    *A complete collection of video breakdowns are provided to users upon purchase.

    THE SCORE CARD SYSTEM

    ProHybrid Training enhances the Consistent Confidence Crease by not only providing goalies with a structured drill progression, but with a Score Card System.

    This system corresponds with each drill progression through a qualifying time (Q Time). This score is the time a goalie must beat in order to advance to the next drill. The “M” time is the mastery time, which indicates the score a goalie must achieve to master the drill. The goal is to earn the qualifying score for each drill, and then go back through each drill and master it.

    What makes the Score Card System so beneficial is the challenging and competitive aspect it brings an organization, goalie school, or group of goalie friends. A goalie can not only challenge himself, but compete against friends to earn the best times for each and every drill in the Drill Progression series.

    CREASE STOPPERS / BUMPERS

    All stoppers are located on the “Awareness to Squareness Lines” on the Consistent Confidence Crease.

    Each line gives the goalie or trainer immediate feedback as to whether or not squareness has been achieved for a specific angle. Each crease is also equipped with a Recovery Bumper. This semi-circle railing mirrors the crease line and is used to execute a recovery or push-off from the butterfly. The bumper is strategically placed in an ideal position relative to the stoppers for maximum load and power out of your hybrid stance.

    NET PLAY TOOLS AND GUIDES

    Moving in towards the posts, goalies will find two blue net play stance stoppers.

    These stoppers are placed off of each post to ensure the goalies feet are 30 degrees off the goal line. This 30-degree angle gives the goalie a solid base while allowing him to see the strong side corner while keeping the weak side blue line angle in peripheral vision. The goalie can lead the play with a quick shuffle, come back to the same post, lead again, then rotate and shuffle 30 degrees back to the opposite post.

    The Consistent Confidence Crease also has paddle down wrap recovery bumpers in place. These arched rails enable the goalie to recover out of a paddle down wrap as if a player makes a pass instead of executing a wrap around.

    BONUS HAND-EYE DRILL VIDEO

  • In The Cage: Six Trade Deadline Situations

    Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com’s weekly segment, “In the Cage.” From updated goalie rankings to goalies you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

    With less than one week until the NHL Trade Deadline (Wednesday, March 5 at 3 p.m.), the window of opportunity to upgrade your goaltending before the fantasy playoff push is quickly closing.

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  • In The Cage: Kuemper Commanding Attention

    Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com’s weekly segment, “In the Cage.” From updated goalie rankings to goalies you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

    After a 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper has emerged as a solid fantasy acquisition for the remainder of the season.

    Kuemper has shattered the previous club record for consecutive starts by a rookie (four) with eight in a row, going 5-2-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .935 save percentage during this stretch. For rookies that have played at least 10 games this season, Kuemper is currently fourth in GAA (2.26) and save percentage (.924), and tied with the Washington CapitalsPhilipp Grubauer for sixth overall in wins (six).

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  • PadsTracker Update: NHL Stadium Series 2014

    The 2014 NHL Stadium Series is upon us, and Padstracker is proud to bring you the updated templates for all of the goalies wearing special gear for the events!

    In the matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium, Jonas Hiller and Frederik Andersen were the only two goalies sporting special gear. Hiller wore an orange-heavy Koho Vintage setup, along with a special mask made and painted by the Swiss shop, Airxess. Andersen wore a predominantly orange Reebok XLT Pro setup.

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    On the other side of the country at Yankee Stadium, the New York Rangers took on the New Jersey Devils. Ranger’s goalie Henrik Lundqvist was the only keeper on either team to wear special gear. Hank’s setup featured navy, Yankee pinstripes on his custom Bauer NXG gear. The gloves are Lundqvist’s standard spec, but the pads appear to be the unreleased OD1N model from Bauer that he has been wearing in games for the last month or so. With the New York Rangers participating in one more outdoor game this season, we know Lundqvist has at least one more set of special gear awaiting use. We’ll have more details on those when the time comes.

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    Until then, be sure to check out all the gear that your favorite NHL goalies are wearing with the 2014 NHL PadsTracker, proudly brought to you by The Goalie Guild!