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Carey Price makes a save against Toronto on October 1.
Prediction: Price finishes as a Vezina finalist in 2013-14.
Carey Price probably imagined the first game this season going a little differently. Granted, he did make 34 saves, but he was also the victim of a couple of tough bounces and ultimately let in four goals and took the loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
But one game doesn't make a season. There are still 81 games left to be played.
Price faces a make-or-break season in 2013-14. His mediocre performance post-lockout has put him on a bit of a hot seat in Montreal. A repeat performance of last year could have him run out of town.
Don't expect that to happen.
Canadiens management knows Price can carry a team, and it's doing all it can to support him. Bringing in goaltending guru Stephane Waite from the Chicago Blackhawks was one of the most underrated moves made in the NHL last summer.
Waite's brilliance will combine with Price's maturity to help push him over the top. He's a far better goalie than the numbers he put up in 2013. The time to prove that to the NHL is now.
Price has all the talent in the world, and expect it to be on display this season. His hot play in 2013-14 will earn him Team Canada's starting job and have him listed as a Vezina finalist come June.