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12-16-2011, 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Habblues View Post
Seriously ? Price is the ONLY reason we are even close to being in the playoff hunt......No way you watch the games every night.
That's just the prevailing story. The media say that because that's what they've been trained to say every single year.

That, plus seeing several quality saves every game and not realizing that a league-average goaltending is expected to make such saves every games (otherwise he'd be below league-average). So it looks like Price saves the day several times a game because that's what a typical NHL-quality starter does. And when he doesn't, it's someone else's fault and Price just couldn't save his ass. The difference is in the frequency in which this happens.

Here is the thing that the media won't tell you: Montreal's goaltending has been roughly league-average. Montreal's defense has been very strong. That's probably a good thing, because Price is quite capable of improving on .917 (18th in the league).

Of course, it probably also forces the conclusion that Martin must be doing something right, especially given his battered blueline. Good luck getting many people to admit that though.

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