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Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price Shows He’s Still One Of League’s Best

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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price got off to a bit of a rough start this season, but his efforts in the past two games show he should still be considered one of the best in the league. After losing two of his first three starts with save percentages of .880 and .895 in those defeats, Price has allowed only one goal in his last two outings to improve his season numbers to a goals-against of 1.81 and a save percentage of .944. The Canadiens look ready to reclaim their place as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, and Price looks more than ready to lead that charge.

On Tuesday, Price turned in his best game of the season by turning aside all 36 shots in a shutout win over the Winnipeg Jets. He got offensive support thanks to goals from Brandon Prust, P.K. Subban and Daniel Briere. The third and final goal was Briere’s first as a Canadien and came on the power play, helping Montreal’s man-advantage unit improve to seventh-best in the league. Behind Price’s play and one solid outing from Peter Budaj, the 1.70 team goals-against is the fourth-best in the league. The Canadiens finished second in the conference last season as Price put up a great win-loss mark alongside some average numbers in all other categories. He was 21-13-8, but he had a goals-against of 2.59 and his .905 save percentage shows that he got quite a bit of help. If he’s truly back in top form this season, the Canadiens are a team to watch out for.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL featured columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.