Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens Is a Winner

Daniel ArouchianSenior Analyst IJanuary 17, 2009

Jaroslav Halak will have his eighth start tonight against the Ottawa Senators. He has a record of 5-2 with a GAA of 3.33 since Carey Price's injury.

He knows his days are numbered. No he's not getting traded, but Carey Price is set to return soon and he'll be out of the spotlight once again. Price has indicated he wants to play next week when the team plays Atlanta and New Jersey.

"I won't be making the trip to Ottawa," he said after practice yesterday. "But I've never liked watching games and I'm tired of being in the press box. I had a layoff before Christmas (because of the flu) and I was just feeling comfortable when I got hurt."

He said he sprained his ankle during the warm up of the Dec. 30 game in Tampa. He stayed in the game and the Habs won 2-1 in a shootout.

"I rolled over on the ankle and I heard something pop," Price said. "When I went back to the dressing room after the warmup, I didn't take off my boot. When I took it off after the game, it grew like a tree and it was an awful colour."

Will we see more of Jaroslav Halak when Carey price comes back?

He showed coach Guy Carbonneau he can be a winner as well. One thing's for sure: If both goaltenders play well, it only spells good things for the Habs and their fans.