Is it already time to panic about Carey Price?


pricepassedbypuck.jpgThe most important thing to remember – even if it slightly defeats the point of this exercise – is that none of this really matters. After all, Carey Price’s actual numbers are just the same as every other goalie in the regular season: zeroes across the board.

But that being said, there are two other things to note: 1) this is the preseason and everyone needs something to discuss and 2) this is Montreal, after all.

Many blogs and writers were asking Habs fans to take it easy on Price after the first ugly preseason performance – heck, the Montreal Canadiens and Price himself asked for a little relief – but what about TWO wholly irrelevant but BAD games? Price allowed four goals on only 10 shots in 30 minutes played in the first game against the Boston Bruins while he allowed six goals on 30 shots in a full game last night.

In other words, in two games Price allowed 10 goals on 40 shots. You can have a lot of fun with small sample numbers with this situation. “Price’s save percentage is only 75!” … “That’s a 7.00 GAA!” … “The sky is clearly falling!”

So, is it time to panic in Montreal? Well, it shouldn’t be; after all, it could be worse. Price’s knee could be torn apart like Minnesota Wild backup Josh Harding’s knee. Some people already claimed there was a goalie controversy on Wednesday, so there will be some who throw Price under the bus right now.

The truth is probably somewhere in between. The sky isn’t falling, but I wouldn’t exactly rush out to buy a Carey Price jersey either. Any goalie following up Jaroslav Halak’s playoff performance would have to feel the pressure. This being in hockey-obsessed (and netminder killing) Montreal makes it that much worse. Surely Price’s confidence would benefit from a solid preseason performance, whether these exhibitions are truly important or not, but his time is running out.

What do you think? Should the Habs be worried already? Does Price deserve 100 percent confidence? Let us know in the comments.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?