After Toronto finished honoring Mats Sundin, the Montreal Canadiens, desperate for a win against the eighth place Maple Leafs to keep the their slim playoff hopes alive, seemed to do everything right Saturday. Price earned his second shutout in just four games as Montreal posted a 5-0 victory. While he has been shaky at times this season, Price has been one of the Canadiens biggest assets this season and he only seems to be improving as Montreal tries to make up lost ground during the final stretch.
The Montreal Canadiens aren’t scheduled to play in a set of back-to-back games until March 16 and 17, which means that it’s entirely possible that Price will start in every Canadiens contest over the next month. Price has already been leaned on heavily this season, but Montreal will have to continue to do so if they want to have any chance of playing beyond their season finale on April 7.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.