That sigh of relief you hear from up north in Montreal is from Canadian fans who found out Carey Price’s injury is minor. It came a bit out of the blue, as he didn’t visibly get injured during a game. It wasn’t until Friday morning that it was disclosed he has a lower-body injury. Price has missed a substantial amount of time in the past with injuries, and who knows if a minor injury turns into more. Two years ago, he essentially missed the entire season because of injury. It didn’t seem like it was going to carry over and knock him out of commission for the entire season but it kept dragging on. Price has not been playing like his usual self in 2017-18, so who knows if this has been bothering him for more than a few days.
Price currently owns a 3.77 GAA and 0.877% save percentage. You can blame his bad goals against on the Canadiens’ defence, but the smoking gun is his terrible save percentage. Has the Habs’ defence been good? Heck no, but you do expect better from Carey Price, a guy who is consistently regarded as one of the top goaltenders in the NHL. Al Montoya will get a go of it in net for the Canadiens on Saturday night. Montoya has been struggling as well.
You kind of expect poor numbers from Montoya, though. Price with a 0.877% save percentage is a bit of a head scratcher. The Jets have been playing good hockey lately, as they head into tonight on a three-game winning streak. Notably, netminder Connor Hellebuyck has been playing out of his mind in net. He enters with an impressive 1.91 GAA and 0.94 save percentage. The 24-year-old has shown glimpses of promise in the past, and has been putting it all together for the Jets this year. He’s only been given the chance because of how badly Steve Mason opened the year. Head below for our free Canadiens vs. Jets pick for Saturday night in the NHL.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets Pick
It’s been well-documented how bad Carey price has been, and Montoya hasn’t helped as a backup. The Habs are allowing a whopping 3.92 goals per game. That’s okay through the first week or two, when the sample size is small, but we’re around a month into the season and they’ve been consistently bad. They are 29th in the NHL, the Panthers and Coyotes are the only team worse in the defensive end. This will be their third straight matchup on the road, after stops in Ottawa and Minnesota. They blasted the Senators, 8-3, and then took a 6-3 loss in Minnesota. Montoya enters with the same GAA as Price, a 3.77 GAA.
Overall, the Canadiens haven’t been good on the road. They hold a record of 2-6-0, including a 0-3 road trip out west. Montreal are averaging 2.3 goals per game on the road, and that’s after scoring 8 to skew the average up a bit. The Jets have been playing well with a 7-3-2 record and 4-2-0 at home. Winnipeg have allowed just 1.2 goals in regulation per game in their last six. I don’t know how motivated the Canadiens are going to be in Winnipeg. Team morale had to take a dive with the news of Price’s injury, and while his stats have been bad, I’d feel more comfortable with him in net than Montoya. I’ll side with the hot hand of Hellebuyck at home on Saturday.
PICK: JETS (-130)