All about the right Price in Montreal
Guys like Jacques Plante, Gump Worsley, Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy, and even Jaroslav Halak have given netminding performances for the ages. Not only have Habs fans seen terrific performances from these masked men, but they have also seen a bunch of Cups as well.
Going into the postseason this year, the Canadiens will have all of their eggs in Carey Price's basket. Since being drafted by the franchise in 2005, Price has been hailed as the next Roy and thus far, has come up empty when it comes to the playoffs.
With that said, however, this could be the year that Price becomes a big-time playoff performer. At 26 years of age, Price may still be considered a young netminder, but this is a player who has come a long way and now plays like a poised veteran in the crease.
One reason why this could be the year for Price and the Habs is because of Price's consistency in goal this season. In 59 games this season, Price went 34-20-5 with a 2.32 goals against average, a .927 save percentage (third in the league) and six shutouts (second in the league), all numbers that put Price in the top ten when it comes to netmiders this season.
Night in and night out this year, Price was his team's best player on the ice. More often than not, he would come up with the big save when his team needed it the most and would do everything he could to get his team two points on a consistent basis.
Secondly, Price showed that he can come through in the clutch. While he did so on a nightly basis for the Canadiens this season, he also did the same for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
In leading his team to their second straight Gold Medal, Price was named the tournament's best goaltender. Price went undefeated in five games with a 0.59 goals against average and .971 save percentage and showed that he could be a big-game goaltender.
Price's confidence is also at an all-time high right now. Price not only won a Gold Medal and was named the best goaltender at the Olympics, but he also got his Habs into the playoffs and had one of his finest seasons in his career.
In fact, there is a good chance that Price might earn his first Vezina Trophy nomination as the league's top goaltender in the regular season. He has the numbers and what's more impressive is that he did it behind a somewhat leaky Canadiens' defense.
With nothing guaranteed in the playoffs, one thing the Canadiens and their fans should know is that they have one of the best goaltenders in the league in their net and someone who gives them a best a chance to capture their first Cup since 1993.