Following Carey Price’s scintillating performance in a 5-4 OT win over Ottawa last night — the Habs netminder stopped 40 of 44 shots, many of the highlight variety — Montreal teammate P.K. Subban heaped on the praise.
“I know he’s my teammate and everything, but I’m hard pressed to find another goalie that’s better than him right now in the world,” Subban said following the game, per Sportsnet. “There are some really good ones in this league but, the way he’s playing of late and this year, to me he’s the best goalie in the world right now.”
Price’s numbers on the year (22-12-4, 2.26 GAA, .926 save percentage) are very good, and he was rewarded for his stellar play with a spot on the Canadian Olympic team. His recent run of quality outings, combined with the injury to Roberto Luongo and inconsistent play from Mike Smith, could have put Price in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 gig heading into Sochi.
And if any Team Canada scouts were watching his effort against the Sens on Thursday, they’d probably agree. Price stood on his head on a number of occasions, including this robbery of Bobby Ryan:
“He was the difference, right?” Ryan said of Price. “That game could have been a much different game going into the third if it wasn’t for him. He made three, four, maybe five 10-bellers right in a row.”
They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.
The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.
In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.
The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.
Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.
The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.
It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.
Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.
Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.
“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”
Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: