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Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price Making Solid Case For Vezina Trophy

Montreal Canadiens Price Wins

Eric Bolte – USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens have been a powerful force in the Eastern Conference this season, and much of their success is owed to the performance of goaltender Carey Price. As the Canadiens have stormed their way to the top of the Northeast Division, Price has compiled a 16-5-4 record with a 2.32 goals-against average. He has two shutouts this season, and has recorded at least a point in six of his last seven starts.

There is a real chance that Price could bring home some hardware at the end of the season, especially since the Ottawa SenatorsCraig Anderson had a promising season derailed by an injury and the Boston BruinsTuukka Rask has struggled a bit lately. While it seems like team success is the ultimate goal for Price, it would be nice to see him finally get the recognition he deserves for his great play.

If the Canadiens can keep playing the way they have been, there is a chance that Price could match or exceed his win total from last season (26), even in a shortened season. He has been called on to start most of the games this season, but so far the heavy workload has not slowed him down. Price posted a career-high in wins during the 2010-11 season, but the Canadiens fell to the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. With P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov having great seasons in front of him, Price has the potential for one of the best seasons of his still-young career. If Canadiens fans are hoping for a deep postseason run, that is very good news.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.