The surging Montreal Canadiens continue to shock the hockey world in their current spot of first in their division and third overall in the league.
Most of the Habs' current success rests on the team's defence and the goaltending of Carey Price. Price spent the majority of the season last year watching his counterpart Jaroslav Halak get the spotlight and carry his team deep into the playoffs.
Halak took the Canadiens to the semifinals, where they were then eliminated at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Canadiens' GM & Executive Vice President Pierre Gauthier had an overwhelming decision to make in the summer as to whether he was going to move Halak in his contract year or sign him.
The Canadiens brass made it clear to Price that he was their guy, and they stuck to their word. They traded Halak to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forwards Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. Halak, who lead the Canadiens to their best playoff run in nearly two decades, was on his way to the city of Blues.
So far in 13 games, Halak is posting a 2.12 GAA and a 8-3-2 record while sitting second in the central division, only two points behind the Detroit Red Wings.
The Canadiens' dazzling record can be credited mostly to the play of Price. Price is posting a remarkable 11-5-1 record. Price's GAA is an astounding 2.05, with an SV percent of .930, which also ties him with Washington’s Michal Neuvirth who tops the NHL in wins at 11.
The Canadiens seem to be doing everything right so far this season. Their big guns are scoring and they’re getting secondary scoring from all their lines. The defence has been tremendous at clearing the front and helping Price see the ice to its fullest.
Price is riding on a high right now, the team is playing superb in the front of him and the fans are behind Price and the rest of the team 100 percent. The Canadiens faithful can, and will, continue to be hard on their players like they always are, but as long as they keep winning it will be happy times at the Bell centre.
This current wave of success and dominating play from Price I'm sure will die down in time, but even when times are tough for Price he always shows us he's mentally strong and able to deal with the controversy and pressure of playing in Montreal.
Written by: Joe Gillen