Do Teams Wait Too Long to Pull the Goalie?
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09-29-2012, 02:05 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Less Than Two Seconds
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This is doubly ridiculous because it assumes having a player between you and the net makes it less likely that you'll score.
Apparently coaches had better start telling their players to get away from the front of the net when their teammates are shooting. Sure, the goaltender might get a better view of the shot and all that, but at least the shooter will be more likely to get his shot through.
Think about the implications of what you're saying: that screening a shot is a bad idea.
Yes, a player might get in the way of the shot. But he might also screen the goalie. Given the tendency for NHL coaches to focus on traffic in front of the net, I suspect the latter benefit outweighs the former drawback.
Getting away from the less than two second scenario. Offensive zone faceoff with less than two seconds remaining. From a stationary start goalie avoids being screened and the shooting lanes are limited.
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