The Montreal Canadiens have been one of the best teams in the entire league this season. They may very well capture the top seed in the Eastern Conference this season, assuming they can beat out the Boston Bruins for the Northeast Division crown.
It’s been interesting to see a Habs team coming off of an extremely poor 2011-2012 play as well as they have so far in 2013. They’re a team scoring goals at one of the top rates in the league, while coming in seventh in goals against per game so far this season. Factor in their solid special teams, and it’s no wonder the Canadiens are where they are right now.
Quietly, though, a large part of their success this season has been Carey Price. He hasn’t been stellar, but he’s been incredibly steady between the pipes for the Habs this year. His record is terrific, at 15-4-3, though his overall numbers could probably stand to be a bit better.
He has a goals against average of 2.33 on the year, which is actually the best in his career, despite the fact that his save percentage is just .913, including a pair of shutouts. He’s only allowed more than four goals three times this year. After all, every goalie is prone to the occasional meltdown.
Overall, he’s been extremely steady. He has three winning streaks of at least three games this season. During those streaks, he hasn’t allowed more than three goals in any of his starts, which account for 13 of his 15 wins. He’s currently in the middle of a four-game win streak.
Price has been solid, though he has been quite unspectacular. If he can flash some of the dominance we saw from the 2010-2011 season, he’s going to help this team be an absolute force by the time the postseason rolls around. If he does that, this Habs club is a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.