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10-11-2013, 09:32 AM
And You Feel Shame
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Originally Posted by JohnC View Post
Someone called it. The thread title invited other teams fans to think they were right about Hank's pads being too big

In what absolutely ******** way has the smaller pads been the problem? He let in what? 1 5-hole goal?
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Here's the short explanation of why the pads *may* well be affecting his play (for now).

A shooter has 5 targetted areas to shoot at: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right and of course the 5-hole. For HL, the 5 Hole has been virtually eliminated in prior years, allowing him to focus and process a shooter's angles as relates to the other 4 targets primarily. Now he needs to adjust to that 5th target area being more available to the shooter and it's going to take time to fully adjust. It affects his reaction to all shots.

I think we all know he'll be able to make that adjustment. It may never be as easy as it was with the larger pads, but he isn't going to look so out of place and it won't take that long, either.

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