In recent years Carey Price has been the one consistent positive for the Montreal Canadiens.
No matter what was going wrong in front of him — a lack of offense, too many shots against, etc. — he has always found a way to rise up, put the team on his back, and steal a bunch of games.
For the past two months, however, that has not necessarily been the case for the Canadiens.
Price enters Sunday’s game in Boston — where he will be getting the start — with only an .898 save percentage since Dec. 1, which is currently the fourth-worst mark in the NHL during that stretch for goalies that have appeared in at least 20 games.
It is an unprecedented slump for a goaltender that, before December, had been nearly unbeatable whenever he was in the lineup for more than two years. Price can be the NHL’s greatest game-changer when he is on his game, and if the Canadiens are going to snap out of this recent funk that has seen them lose five out of their past six, they could really use a big game for Price on Sunday against a Boston team that is starting to score more goals in recent weeks.
Elsewhere on Sunday…
— The Predators and Stars have yet to announce their starting goalies.