How to Beat the Goalie: Jacob Markstrom

Florida Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom has gone through the system to finally play in the National Hockey League. Since being drafted thirty-first overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Markstrom has worked his way from the Swedish junior leagues to the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans and San Antonio Rampage to finally becoming a Panther.  […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Bernier

Former Los Angeles Kings' goaltender Jonathan Bernier is getting a shot at becoming the starter for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Laval, Quebec native is a capable starter for any team in the league. Bernier has a good track record at every level he's played, from the QMJHL to being a Stanley Cup winner as […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Nilstorp (AHL version)

(Photo by: Steven Christy) Texas Stars' goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp seeks the Calder Cup in his first career season in North America. Nilstorp acquired some experience in the NHL playing with the NHL affiliate Dallas Stars while Kari Lehtonen was injured. The 29 year old played for Farjestads in the Swedish Elitserien where he was, "one […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Allen

(Photo by: Tom Gannam/AP Photo) Jake Allen is making a name for himself at a very young age in the National Hockey League. The Fredericton, New Brunswick native–home of fellow Fang Faction writer Ray Harris–is taking advantage of every opportunity available for him to make an impact in the NHL, whether it is because of […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Bobrovsky

(Photo by: Paul Sancya/AP Photo) Young goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has found a comfortable place to play hockey without an extremely hostile environment pouring the pressure on to make the playoffs. Before coming to Columbus, Bobrovsky was a wash up out of Philadelphia. There were low expectations for him, and also the entire Blue Jackets' organization. […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Chad Johnson

(Photo by: Matt Kartozian/USA Today Sports) Chad Johnson is trying to inch his way into the National Hockey League every chance he gets. His opportunity right now to start a game in the NHL is due to the loss of star goaltender Mike Smith. This will be Johnson's second stint in Glendale this season. When […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Steve Mason

(Photo by: Jim Prisching/AP) Steve Mason is looking to repeat his rookie season success, but have been able to do so in the past three seasons and is about to make it four. Mason is constantly under pressure in Columbus by the organization–and even fans who send death threats–to perform. At the start of the […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Kiprusoff

(Photo by: halifaxdrunk/Flickr) Miikka Kiprusoff is having a rough year. He is trying to juggle hockey and his family, thus leaving the Calgary Flames a bit handcuffed when trying to trade him at the trade deadline. This season, the 36 year old is under the most scrutiny yet since the Calgary Flames haven't made the […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Dubnyk

(Photo by: Clive Bottomley/Flickr) Many are calling Devan Dubnyk the "goalie of the future" for the Edmonton Oilers. Of course this thought fits right into the foundation of the current Oilers with their young skaters up front. The 26 year old is making his way through the National Hockey League slowly, but surely. During the […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Lehtonen

(Photo by: Mike Munden/AP) Acquired in a trade from the Atlanta Thrashers prior to the trade deadline, it appears Kari Lehtonen has found a good fit with the Dallas Stars organization. The Helsinki, Finland native has suffered from injuries, however, which has set back his growth and development as an NHL superstar goaltender quite a […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Nilstorp

(Photo by: Steven Christy) It appears yet another Swedish goaltender is coming overseas to the NHL. Viktor Fasth, the most notable, has done well for himself at the age of 30 being undefeated at this point of the season coming from the Swedish Elite League. Now rising into the NHL is Cristopher Nilstorp, 29, of […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Luongo

(Photo Courtesy: Ben Nelms/Reuters) For the last couple of seasons, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo has been put under the microscope because of his lack of play during playoff time. Trade talks have swirled around him over the past fourteen months about whether or not he will be wanted by an NHL club for the […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Howard

(Photo by: Tom Gromak/Flickr) Entering the season, the Detroit Red Wings set high expectations for Jimmy Howard. The American born goaltender had to be strong with the loss of star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and all the injuries the Red Wings were–and still are–facing. Howard has been decent as of late, but with backup goalie Jonas […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Varlamov

(Photo by: Dinor Blum/Flickr) Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has struggled so far this season. During the NHL work stoppage, Varlamov played on his mother land for Lokomotiv in the KHL, where he suffered a knee injury. The injury could be affecting him, but more realistically, it is the difficult transition from the European game […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Fasth

(Photo by: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Viktor Fasth, a 30-year old rookie out Sweden, is currently the National Hockey League's breakout star of the year, already. Before being signed by the Anaheim Ducks during the offseason, Viktor Fasth played in the Swedish Elite League, where he won two consecutive goalie of the year awards. Another goalie […]