Skating out has its advantages….and disadvantages

Everytime I skate out as a forward, I get a better idea of what the players go through. Sure, my experience as a goaltender has been a good one, but it is rare that you get a good idea of how people think out there with you. I am having a hard time trying to determine where the puck is going to go. I spent the first half of the game just skating around trying to catch the puck. The second half was better for me, but I still spent a majority of time trying to get the puck. I have a lot to learn when it comes to anticipating the pass or the shot on goal if I am going to stand in front of the net.

Speaking of the shot…when I get hit by a shot as a goalie, I have no fear. As a skater, I have been clocked a few times and man does it hurt. My right elbow hurts like hell after I took a puck there. My right upper leg is bruised like you wouldn’t believe from another shot. I keep knocking on wood that I haven’t been hurt yet for an extended period of time. Now I just hope I can make it through the season without getting clocked and out for an extended period of time.

At least I have the next few days off to heal. My next game is next week Monday. Gives me plenty of time to rest and recoup.