All things considered, will Price improve this year?
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08-05-2013, 06:13 PM
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I'm not against your points (as Price's game indeed dipped by the end of the season, and the D collapse made it worst than it actually was), but the underlined just seems really wrong. Being good at puck possession doesn't equal being good at defense or at coverage or at crease clearing. One simply had to look at games to realize that the Habs D was average-at-best at defense, mediocre at coverage and pitiful at crease clearing.
We finished the year 14th for GA/G. So we weren't that bad. This includes our bump in the road where we allowed 25goals in 5 games. Our overall team defense was not nearly as bad as people like to say. Price is more to blame for our poor streak than the defense. Heck, some of the games we lost during that stretch, we actually dominated.
We were also top 3 throughout the year for our ES ratio, until we dropped to 6th due to that slump, and 5th for Shots against. You can't possibly have those stats and not play some decent defense, at the very least.
We certainly could have enjoyed the addition of a bigger/meaner version of Gorges but let's not pretend like we were pathetic.
I think people might have forgotten some of the goals Price was letting in. Quite often he missed routine saves.
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