The Montreal Canadiens are lost without Carey Price. They desperately need their core Tendy back. They have seen a recent nose dive, having gone 8-20-2 since Price re-injured his leg back in late November. Price has missed a total of 39 games, and the Canadiens have an overall record of 13-23-4 without him for the season. The Habs have won 10 of his 12 starts this year, so his impact is definitely noticeable. With 4 and 6 game losing streaks thrown into the equation, Montreal is in trouble. Hope is on the horizon, as his return is looking closer and closer. His initial time table was 6 weeks, and has seen his team drop to the outside of the playoff bubble. The reigning Hart and Vezina trophy winner is a vital piece to Montreal’s cup chances, and he will hopefully return soon enough.
Montreal is 5 points outside of the final Wildcard spot, and things don’t look good at the moment. They have a record of 2-7-1 in their last 10, and before their win against Edmonton Saturday afternoon, they were on a 4 game losing skid, which saw them lose to bottom dwellers in Buffalo, and got swept in a home and home series.
There is no way the Canadiens aren’t playing post season hockey, no matter how bad they are without him. Even if they close the gap to the bottom, they still have plenty of time to catch the wildcard positions. It would help if they could play close to .500 hockey without him, as they need to win the easy games, especially against the Sabres and Blue Jackets. The Canadiens nose dive has seen them inch closer to the bottom, as they are now only 7 points ahead of the logjam at 30th place, which shows how much better the competition has gotten league wide.
With only 29 games remaining, fans are definitely getting nervous, and hoping Price returns healthy and back to last seasons form. If not, fans of the Canadiens, will be watching the NHL Draft Lottery in the playoffs, hoping for a high lottery pick to develop.
Could the Montreal Canadiens be sellers at the deadline? Most likely not because, Dale Weise, and Tomas Fleischmann being the only two players worth anything. The best course of action, is to hope Price rights the ship, and helps the Canadiens finish what they couldn’t last year, as they got bumped out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Finals, by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Fans are definitely already anxiously awaiting his return, but will he show rust and stop them from a playoff run? It is doubtful he would be the reason they don’t make it, especially with him healthy.