Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will miss at least a week due to concussion protocols.https://t.co/a680YQ6tmW
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 20, 2021
Carey Price Injured
During yesterday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, Price suffered two dangerous blows early in the first period. Alex Chiasson bumped Price’s head in the midst of a disallowed goal near the start of the first period. Later in the game, a deflected shot hit Price in the collarbone. Backup goaltender Jake Allen took over after the first period, where Price made his way off to the locker room. It was later revealed that the Chiasson hit was the cause of the injury.
So far this season, Price has started in 25 games and compiled a 12-7-5 record. He possesses a .901 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-allowed average.
Price has spent the entirety of his 14-year NHL career goaltending for the Canadiens. In 707 career games, he has a 360-257-79 record. Price won the Vezina, Hart, William M. Jennings, and Ted Lindsay awards in the 2014-15 season. He was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, 5th overall in the 2005 NHL draft.
Dominique Ducharme says Carey Price left the game after the first period because of the contact with Chiasson on the disallowed goal.
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) April 20, 2021
What This Means for the Future
Without their starting goaltender, the Canadiens will need to rely on backup Jake Allen. Price’s injury couldn’t come at a worse time. As the season winds down, the Canadiens, who are fourth in their division, will need every ounce of help they can get. While Allen is an amicable goaltender in his own right, he doesn’t have the ability to shoulder the burden Price handles on a frequent basis. Depending on how quickly Price recovers, this injury could be sink or swim for the Canadiens’ season.
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