(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.)
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A short training camp and a lack of preseason games have not done goalies any favors.
Playing a position that's much more technical than the other spots on the ice, goalies have been the slowest players to get into a rhythm following the NHL lockout.
Though most goalies worked on their games during the lockout, the intensity and traffic in front of them was nothing like what they face in live games.
As a result, top-name goalies like Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Mike Smith of Phoenix and Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff have struggled to open the season.
Through Thursday's games, 21 goalies had save percentages under 90 percent.
Advertisement

Top NHL Public Bets

Advertisement

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail New York still has work to do down the stretch The Rangers’ recent power-play drought is well-documented. Nonetheless, special teams issues certainly haven’t curtailed New York’s charge up the...
Thumbnail Gibson and Co. in need of bounce-back effort Fans and pundits alike raised their eyebrows when the Bruins relieved coach Claude Julien of his duties on Feb. 7. Now, though, any and all apprehension...
Thumbnail Stastny should give Note a jolt Over the weekend, St. Louis suffered an expected loss to one of the Eastern Conference’s bottom-feeders. Will Mike Yeo’s bunch regain its groove against the markedly...
Thumbnail Red-hot Florida faces off with Los Angeles Buoyed by the return of two key forwards, the Panthers have reeled off three consecutive victories. Can Los Angeles put an end to...
Thumbnail Two scorching squads meet on Long Island In recent weeks, the Rangers have cemented their reputation as the NHL’s most formidable road team. But can Alain Vigneault’s crew fend off a suitably...

NHL Team Pages