How to Beat the Goalie: Mike Smith

(Photo by: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) If there was a list of underrated goaltenders in the NHL ever, Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes would be on that list. Leading his team to the 2012 Western Conference Finals, playing out of his mind then and before the playoffs started, Smith was unable to be rewarded with […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Crawford

(Photo by: Mark Muano/Flickr) No longer a young goaltender, the Chicago Blackhawks are starting to rely heavily on Corey Crawford in net. All the pieces are there for the Blackhawks with outstanding scoring talent and solid defense, but goaltending has been a problem ever since winning the Stanley Cup. Even rumors of acquiring Roberto Luongo […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Backstrom

(Photo by: Tim Shahan/Flickr) At the age of 35, Niklas Backstrom is towards the end of his career. Unfortunately for him, it has been quite the unaccomplished career without a Stanley Cup or Vezina Trophy. The veteran goaltender has been playing with the Minnesota Wild since 2006, but has only had two successful seasons, possibly […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Harding

(Photo by Jana Chytilova/Getty Images) With the Minnesota Wild in a slump currently, they are looking to backup goaltender Josh Harding to turn their lack of momentum around. Usual starter Nicklas Backstrom has been playing nothing more than mediocre so far. Harding is looking for a chance, possibly his only one of the season, to […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Niemi

(Jason O. Watson-US Presswire) Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks, Antti Niemi's stock (and play) has risen. Niemi, now the starting goalie with the San Jose Sharks, hasn't had the same success in the playoffs with San Jose as he did with Chicago, but isn't entirely his fault, but rather […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Quick

(US Presswire) Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick looks to repeat his success from last season. Quick was a nominee for the Vezina Trophy and won the 2012 Stanley Cup against the New Jersey Devils. The American born goalie is a one of a kind. (Associated Press) Jonathan Quick lives after his name, as he […]

How to Beat the Goalie: LaBarbera

(Photo by: Kelly Cox) Being a backup most of his career, Jason LaBarbera is looking to show the entire world that he can still play in the NHL well. LaBarbera has found himself playing for four NHL teams–New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes–and  has been back and forth in the […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Hiller

( After suffering from vertigo in the 2011 NHL All-Star game and with his season ruined, it appears that Jonas Hiller has fully recovered from his freak accident. Hiller is back with the Anaheim Ducks and is the clear cut starter for them in this shortened season.  The Swiss netminder has been an interesting goalie […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Elliott

(Getty Images) Brian Elliott seems to have found a place in St. Louis after being with the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche where he was an average goaltender. When he arrived in St. Louis, it all seemed to turn around for him and he started to really take hold of the crease playing well thanks […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Halak

According to Andy Strickland, the St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock will give Jaroslav Halak the nod in Monday's game against the Predators. The "How to Beat the Goalie" posts continue breaking down the St. Louis starter. The St. Louis Blues have a goaltending problem, however it is a good problem, opposed to the […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Mason & Bobrovsky

It is finally time to drop the puck for the National Hockey League season. The Nashville Predators' first opponent is the Columbus Blue Jackets with goaltenders Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky. Now, I'm going to tell you how the Predators will be able to beat them as the 'How to Beat the Goalie' series continues […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Mike Smith

For round number two, 'How to Beat the Goalie' is just going to focus on the great, Mike Smith. (Hopefully that just jinxed him.) The Nashville Predators will be taking on the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. The winner goes to the Western Conference Finals. The cool thing about this series, and the […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Joey MacDonald

This 'How to Beat the Goalie' story will be going over Joey MacDonald, the backup goalie to Jimmy Howard going into the First Round series. If you want to see Jimmy Howard's 'How to Beat the Goalie' story is, scroll on down the page.  How to Beat the Goalie: Joey MacDonald Joey MacDonald is going […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Jimmy Howard

'How to Beat the Goalie' is switching the format up, during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Instead of just doing two goalies in one post, now I am doing one goalie per post. The Detroit Red Wings are Nashville's opponent in the First Round, so let's start with the starting goalie for Detroit.  How to Beat […]

How to Beat the Goalie: Lehtonen and Bachman

Welcome to the fifteenth edition of "How to Beat the Goalie" on Fang Faction. Thursday night, the Nashville Predators will play the Dallas Stars, who is desperate for wins. The Dallas Stars' goalies are Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman. Read more of this one of a kind article, after the jump.  Edition 15: Dallas Stars […]