Re: Tim Thomas Who? - Toronto Sun
posted at 5/25/2013 4:13 PM EDT
In response to RichHillOntario's comment:
In response to red75's comment:
Rask tracks opposing players by the tape job on their sticks. After identifying the player, his brain spits out the their tendencies.
“I was riled after that because I thought that it was (Rangers forward Taylor) Pyatt – same kind of tape job – so I wasn’t expecting that move,” said Rask. “If I had known it was Nash, I probably would have cheated a little blocker.
I love learning little tidbits like this.
Exactly, red. When I read it I thought with the speed of the guys coming at him Rask can pick up how they tape their sticks to tell them apart from each other? I think we've all read about goalies learning tendencies of the opposition players; what dekes they use, where they shoot, do they use wrist shots more than slappers but tape jobs to distinguish the players is unique - isn't it?
Maybe our resident goaltenders kel, nite and Soxfan and any others I've missed can shed a bit of insight.
Tape jobs isn't one that's popular. For me since there wasn't a lot of video passed around for the level I played. I would go to a lot of my oppositions games at the beginning of the season. Then write down who liked to pass, who was a shooter, who led their shots off with the wrong foot. Some players didn't even know they had this ability & it's a goalie's nitemare (no pun intended).
I wasn't a great skater, but all shoot & react. So, If I had a 2on1 & if it was a passer & a shooter. Depending on who had the puck would be how I'd position myself. Shooter- I'd play the shot all the way & take away the angles. Passer- I'd cheat like a Mofo to make him have to take the shot, especially if he was on his benches side. If he had a lot of room on the glove side & didn't take it? He usually would get an ear full. As Kel says some nights you got it & some you don't. But, there's nothing better than getting inside a teams head when you're on. Having them bang their sticks, look up in the air. Call you names after you make them wanna call 9-1-1 after you robbed them. Nothing gets the blood pumping better than that. And when it's on the road it's even that much better.