Price turned aside 29 of 31 shots during Thursday's 2-1 road loss to the Capitals. Despite a solid performance, Price was unable to carry Montreal through a crucial road game. The 31-year-old netminder will likely get the call for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Maple Leafs, which has turned into a must-win for the desperate Canadiens.
Price will tend the twine for Thursday's road tilt with the Capitals, Pat Hickey of The Montreal Gazette reports. Price started all but one of the Habs' previous 28 outings, as he tries to earn the club a wild-card spot. Over that stretch, the veteran netminder is 15-10-2 with a 2.41 GAA and .920 save percentage. Wins against Washington and Toronto on Saturday won't be easy to come by, but will be necessary if the team is going to continue into the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Price turned aside 22 of 24 shots in Tuesday's win over the Lightning. Price benefited greatly from the defensive game in front of him, but not many goalies can keep the Lightning to just two goals. The veteran netminder is on top of his game as the Habs fight for their playoff lives, and the win helped them gain two points on the Blue Jackets, who lost Tuesday. Price has two more tough contests to claim a playoff bid -- Tuesday versus the Capitals and Thursday against the Maple Leafs.
Price will be between the pipes at home versus the Lightning on Tuesday. Price appeared in all but one of the Habs' previous 27 games and will continue to get the nod as long as Montreal can still earn a wild-card spot. Shutting down the league's No. 1 offense, the Lightning are averaging 3.90 goals, won't be an easy task, though Price will get the benefit of playing at home, where he is 19-11-3 with three shutouts and a 2.47 GAA this year.
Price made 23 saves in a 3-1 win over Winnipeg on Saturday. Most importantly, Price helped the Habs keep pace for the second wild card in the East. He may need to perform miracles to get his team into the postseason, but if anyone can do it, it's Price. Keep him in your net -- he won't rest as long as Montreal is in the hunt.
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