Goalies brace for challenge of compressed season
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One good goalie probably won't be enough to get NHL teams through this season's lockout-compressed schedule.
With 48 games crammed into roughly three months recovery time will be at a premium. Goaltenders used to playing virtually every minute of every game will have to pace themselves — maybe even take some extra nights off — to stay fresh.
Carolina's Cam Ward started a league-most 142 of 164 regular-season games the past two seasons. He calls the challenge of the more concentrated season "an adrenaline rush."
He and Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff are the only goalies who have started at least 80 percent of their team's games — 66 games each season — in that span. That could be hard for anyone to do this season.
Sports Photo Galleriesview all
- 79875Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 16375OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant tours Moore, meets with residents
- 12357Oklahoma tornado: Names of dead released; missing individuals located
- 12103Oklahoma tornadoes: ‘All I could do was sit there and hold her'
- 12064Clippers' Donald Sterling hints coach let go to keep Chris Paul
- 10249Oklahoma tornadoes: Red Cross text donations not designated for Oklahoma
- 9002How to help tornado victims