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The return of Carey Price

Carey Price


It is no secret, the Montreal Canadiens suffered without their franchise goaltender, Carey Price. As well as many fantasy hockey teams. Price had missed 10 games due to injury, during the stretch, the Habs would have a losing streak of five games, with the odd win in between. The losing skid included losses to the Arizona Coyotes and a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.


The return of Price…

The absence of Price weighed on the team heavily, as previously stated. He had been out of action since a 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Nov. 2. However, even to start the season, he was not truly looking to be himself. As the team in front of him struggled, he could not bail them out as he had many times before. The 2015 Vezina Trophy winner and league MVP, struggled to find his footing throughout the first month of regular season play. Prior to being injured, Price posted a lackluster three wins with seven losses, unlike the Price which Montreal fans had gotten used to. However, Price returned to the lineup in a very, very big way.

The setting? The Bell Centre in Montreal.

The opponent? The Buffalo Sabres, who are struggling in their own right.

He would return to the lineup before his own crowd, a fan base which had missed him very much. The Sabres would come out strong, firing shots from all angles. In the contest, fans and players alike probably got the feeling that Price was back. He would stop all 36 shots he would face that night, giving him his first shutout of the season. Then, two nights later, the Habs would host the Columbus Blue Jackets and again, he would put up a lights out performance. Not perfect like his return, but a 38 save performance to lead the Habs to a 3-1 victory.

Price turned 30 this past offseason, so how much longer can he keep this kind of play up?


Up next…

Coming up for the Canadiens will be a match-up against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 29. Then they will finish their November schedule with a game in Detroit against the Red Wings on Nov. 30. Fortunately for the Habs, Price seems to be back to his old self. However, the team in front of him is going to have to perform better to take some pressure off of him. The Canadiens sit fifth in the Atlantic Division with a record of 10-12-3 with plenty of time to turn things around.