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.
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