Price is expected to make anywhere from 50-to-60 appearances in goal during the upcoming season, Le Journal de Montreal reports. Habs goalie coach Stephane Waite was the one who came up with that games-played figure in the report by the French news source. It's a bit surprising that there hasn't been much offseason talk about Price after he turned in the worst campaign of his career in 2017-18. The world-class netminder mercifully finished that season with a 16-26-7 record, 3.11 GAA and .900 save percentage, but it sounds like he's quite motivated to put those struggles behind him. "I talk to him often during the summer and I like his tone of voice," Waite said. "I like to feel that he can not wait to come back. He is fit and his training is going very well."
Price made 26 saves in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs. Price would like to forget this season. The last goal he gave up Saturday epitomized his struggles this year. The usual sure-handed stickhandler whiffed on the puck not once, but twice, and gifted it to Patrick Marleau just outside the crease. Price won just five games in 25 starts since Christmas. Yes, five. His record in that span? Just 5-16-5. There is nowhere for Price to go but up. Keeper owners and the Habs are both hoping for a massive rebound in 2018-19, but his success will be tied to the team management puts around him.
Price will be in goal when Montreal closes out the season Saturday in Toronto, John Lu of TSN reports. The 2017-18 campaign has pretty much amounted to a lost season for both the Habs and Price. Montreal currently sits third-to-last in the NHL standings with just 69 points in 80 games. Meanwhile, Price missed extended periods of the season due to injury, and has put up the worst numbers of his career to date. In 48 appearances, the 30-year-old went 16-25-7 with a 3.09 GAA and .901 save percentage. Price's play is likely to bounce back to the high level he's shown in the past, but it's tough to imagine him ever living up to the eight-year, $84 million contract that he signed this past summer.
Price stopped 27 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the jets. The 30-year-old was suiting up for his 557th game with Montreal, passing the legendary Jacques Plante to set a new franchise record for the most games played by a goaltender, but unfortunately he couldn't celebrate the occasion with a win. Price has a woeful .876 save percentage in five games since returning from a concussion in late March as he closes the books on what has been the worst season of his career.
Price will start in the home goal Tuesday against the Jets, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Price rediscovered his Vezina form in his last couple of outings, stopping all but two pucks in each while posting a 2.03 GAA. The 30-year-old netminder will likely be tested again Tuesday, squaring off against a Jets club that averaged exactly three goals per game in March while posting a plus-8 goal differential.
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