Can Carey Price Save Montreal’s Season?
Carey Price has been out since Nov.25th with a lower body injury he suffered against the New York Rangers. He was expected to be back with the team by early January, but he continues to be on the injured list with no timetable for his return. To say the team has struggled without him would be a huge understatement. They are 10-2 with him in the lineup and 22-28 with him on the sidelines.
There’s been mixed reports on his status when a Montréal newspaper, “La Press,” stating that Price would be shut down for the season with a knee injury. This report was later shut down by Coach Michell Therrien, who stated “It’s taking more time than we expected, but he’s working extremely hard and putting in a lot of hours to make sure he makes a comeback.”
Price has been skating with the team and has expressed his desire to return this season. However, according to reports, it appears that the coaching staff and management would like to err on the side of caution and protect their star goaltender. So the question remains, should the Canadiens let Price comeback if he’s healthy? And will his presence help the Habs make the playoffs? Well, as of right now, the Canadiens remain 6 pts out of a wild card spot. That may not seem like a huge discrepancy, but with only 14 games remaining in the regular season, the odds of them making the playoffs sits at 2.6 percent. These are obviously not very good odds and it would take nothing short of a miracle for the Habs to clinch a playoff birth.
With that being said, it is still possible and we did see the Ottawa Senators pull off a similar miracle last season. The Senators won 21 out of their last 27 games behind 3rd string goaltender Andrew Hammond, who led them to a remarkable run to the playoffs with brilliant goaltending. So who’s to say that Price can’t make that same impact for his team? After all he is the reigning Hart and Vezina trophy winner. It is understandable that the organization wants to play it safe with their best player, but it would be great to see if Price could help the Canadiens make a memorable run at the playoffs. As we witnessed last season, the Senators are living proof that miracles can happen