The Montreal Canadiens have had some excellent goaltending, and now there are questions about if Carey Price is injured. There are reports that Price was only on the ice for five minutes this morning. Price was run into by New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider during the second period of Game 1.
Today’s skate was just an optional practice, meaning this is all speculation. But, Price was seen holding his knee after Kreider collided with him. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien did not allow Price to play the third period. While it has been said that was not due to the “injury” I find that hard to believe. Despite being blown out, and trailing the Rangers 4-1 at the end of the second, a healthy Price is still the best option for the Habs.
The Canadiens will play this carefully, and have not said if Price will be in net tomorrow night. If Price is not 100 per cent, he needs to sit a game, hopefully the Canadiens don’t get embarrassed on home ice again. Going down 2-0 vs. the suddenly red-hot Rangers could be catastrophic.
It would be a shame for the Canadiens season to fall apart due to an injury. The Canadiens have Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski as back-up goalies, and given Budaj’s effort on Saturday (9.00 GAA, .625 SV% ) I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Canadiens give Tokarski a shot at stopping the Rangers.