While there may be lingering questions about who will be the Penguins goalie when their Stanley Cup journey begins next Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens, there is no wondering about who will be in net for the Habs. Former MVP and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price will be in between the pipes for Montreal and looking to backstop his side to an upset over the heavily favored Pens.
For Montreal to succeed in this series, they will need for Price to be at his best, which will mean he and his teammates will need to find a way to stymie the Penguins lethal offensive attack led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Stopping the two-headed monster of Crosby and Malkin will require a complete team effort from the Canadiens and Price has a clever idea for just how they could pull it off.
Via the theScore:
“We can ask them nicely to stay at the hotel for the games,” Price said on how to shut down Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and the Penguins’ lethal power play, per TSN.
It’s really hard to argue with Price’s strategy here, but it remains to be seen if Crosby and Malkin are willing to abide by his wishes and take the series off. Just incase they do decide to suit up, Price has an alternative plan at the ready.
Again via theScore:
“Or we can work as a group and take their time and space away....At the end of the day we’re going to win and lose as a team, it’s always been like that,” Price said.
“I can sway the odds obviously with outstanding play but at the end of the day we’re all going to need to play over our heads to win.”
I have a feeling the Canadiens will need to rely more on Price’s second approach, but this is 2020 and as we have all seen, anything is possible.
All kidding aside, Price was very open about the mountainous task his team faces in their qualifying round matchup with the Penguins and knows it will take a full effort from everyone wearing the famed red, white, and blue uniforms for them to have any chance at pulling off an upset.
Assuming both sides are at full health when the puck drops on August 1st, the Penguins will be heavy favorites in the best-of-five showdown, but as we all know from being hockey fans, there are no guarantees in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The countdown is officially on.