Call of the Wilde: Montreal Canadiens double the New York Rangers


The Montreal Canadiens have two vital games in two nights this weekend. First, a rare Friday night game for the Habs as they play at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers who, heading into their Habs tilt, had allowed ten goals in their last two games. Saturday night, perhaps the most important game of the season so far as the Habs host the Pittsburgh Penguins who they need to beat for a playoff spot this season. Carey Price is likely to play back-to-back nights because the games are so important.READ MORE: Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price embraces young boy who lost motherWilde HorsesCarey Price had to keep the Habs in the game early as the Rangers were far and away the better team. The quality of shot was high too, but Price was up to the challenge again. Price had a rough start to the year, but has he ever been outstanding as the Habs try to drive their way to the playoffs. He’s got a higher than 950 save percentage in 2019. Overall, Price is inching his way into the top ten in league save percentage. Price is now 918 on the season. Price is 11th in the league in goals-against average at 2.50. The only issue for Montreal is he is so superior to his second Antti Niemi that he may have to play the rest of the season to get the Habs into the playoffs. The Pens are next and considering it is a vital four-point game, don’t expect the Habs to rotate away from Price despite the fact it is back-to-back nights.READ MORE: Call of the Wilde — Montreal Canadiens crush Detroit Red Wings 8-1It’s one of the best nights of the season for the fourth line: Dale Weise, Artturi Lehkonen, and Nate Thompson had strong moments around the net and held their own around Carey Price to have a good night. Lehkonen is perfect for the fourth line because you are simply looking for intelligent two-way play from your fourth liners. When the Habs are upper echelon in the league, this is where you will find Lehkonen on the Habs because he just isn’t contributing enough offensively to be on the top three lines, unless that changes, but it sure doesn’t look like it will. Until Ryan Poehling gets comfortable in the offensive zone at the NHL level, it’s easy to see the Saint Cloud State star start his career next season on the fourth line with Lehkonen. The Habs are going to be an extremely good hockey team up front very soon. This season, they can’t get any offence from their fourth line, but right now, Claude Julien is just looking for steady. Thompson has been outstanding at face-offs as well and he adds a better control element in the middle of the ice than Michael Chaput ever could. Weise also seems to be in better shape with the increased ice time than he was when he first arrived in Montreal.WATCH BELOW: Can the Habs keep their momentum going into their big weekend?

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