With the regular season nearing an end, the Montreal Canadiens have picked a perfect time to heat up, going 10-4-0 since the hiring of new head coach Claude Julien. A large part of the Habs recent success has been the resurgence of star goalie Carey Price. After a rough few months, Price has 9 wins, a 1.56 GAA, a 0.943 SV%, with 1 shutout in his last 12 games. With the Habs hoping to make a deep run in the playoffs, and avoid yet another disappointing season, they will need Price to be at his very best.
With the playoffs around the corner, a big question mark regarding Price is if he will be able to stay healthy for the remainder of the year, especially if the Habs go on a lengthy playoff run. Price has been injured several times over the last few seasons, with his knees being the main issues.
After sustaining two injuries in the 2013-14 season, including the devastating knee injury caused by a collision with Chris Kreider during game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals that put him out of the rest of the playoffs, Habs fans had a vision of hope that Price’s injuries were a thing of the past after his extraordinary 2015-16 season that saw him take home four awards at the season’s end. Unfortunately, Price was held to just 12 games last season due to yet another knee injury.
To answer the question, with only 10 games remaining in the season, Price is looking healthier than ever. Apart from the 4 games he missed this year due to the flu, Price has not missed any other games and has been injury free *knock on wood*. Also, the Canadiens management has done an excellent job in controlling Price’s games played, as he is projected to end the season with about 63 GP. With the decreased amount of starts, Price’s body will be well rested, and barring any freak incidents, he should be able to finish the year with no injuries.
Montreal Canadiens fans have a lot to be excited for, especially if Price stays healthy. With Price on top of his game, anything is possible.
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