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The Montreal Canadiens have been one of the most consistent teams in the Eastern Conference in recent years, making the playoffs in 9 out of the last 11 seasons. Montreal started the 2015-2016 season with a historic 9 straight wins, which shouldn’t come as such a shock considering they had last year’s MVP and Vezina Trophy winner, Carey Price, in goal. The Canadiens immediately seemed to be the favorite in the East.
Things started to go downhill when Carey Price got injured. Price suffered a knee injury on November 25, in a game against the Rangers. Before Price’s injury, the Canadiens were red hot at 16-4-2. However, since Price’s injury, Montreal has a record of 11-23-2. And to make this bad situation even worse, Price has been declared out for the remainder of the season. Montreal’s record since Nov. 25 shows how important Carey Price is to this team’s success as they have not come up with big, consistent wins like they are so used to doing when Price is in net.
The Canadiens currently have 58 points and are 6 points out of a playoff spot. With the way the Panthers, Bruins, and Red Wings are playing right now and only 24 games left, they are going to have to go on a run like they did in the beginning of the season just to fight for a Wild Card spot. Only this time they have to do it without Carey Price. Time is running out for Montreal to show that they can be a playoff team without their star goalie.
– T. Ilardi