Montreal Canadiens: Jaroslav Halak Wins Coach Guy Carbonneau's Confidence

Francois GendronSenior Writer IFebruary 23, 2009

For tomorrow's match against the Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens' head coach Guy Carbonneau chose Jaroslav Halak to be in net.

After the disastrous road trip that the team experienced only a week ago where goaltender Carey Price allowed a bundle of goals, Carbonneau was forced to use Halak in relief. Halak did very well in these conditions and even managed to steal a few points for the team by himself.

Some are already speculating whether Halak stole Price's No. 1 spot.

But don't get ahead of yourself. We are talking about two very different classes of goaltenders here. Carey Price is without any doubt a great goalie able to perform on a regular basis while playing 75 percent of the games.

Jaroslav Halak will be at best a 42 games-per-season goalie. He tends to give a lot of rebounds, resulting in many 45 or more shots games.

Halak can be of great help to the Canadiens in this stretch towards the playoffs without any doubt. Carbonneau is taking the right decision by playing his hot goaltender.

But to ask if he stole Price's job is to stretch the issue a bit.