Carey Price gets First Start in Exhibition
Team Canada will take to the ice for its first exhibition game in Columbus, Ohio to face their cross-border rivals in Team USA on Friday and Carey Price will get the start in goal. All eyes will be on Price as the 2015 Vezina winner will play his first game in over ten months. Over the course of the Vezina winning season, Price played 66 games recording 44 wins, 16 losses, and 6 overtime/shootout losses. He had a goals-against average of 1.96 and a save percentage of 1.96 as The Montreal Canadiens would make the playoffs recording 110 points. The following year Price would only play 12 games total as he would be injured and then re-injured possibly returning too soon. The Canadiens would be at the top of the standings before plummeting out of the playoff race entirely. If Price should have any issues in his game be it physically or just rust both Braden Holtby and Corey Crawford are ready to take the reigns for Team Canada.
Team Canada Expected Lineup
I’m curious to see how long these lines stay intact. The first line of Marchand, Crosby, and Bergeron confuses me only because of the fact they all so great in the faceoff circle that you would think they might want to spread that wealth. However, it’s hard to be too bent out of shape when the remaining forwards are currently taking the remaining center roles are Toews, Getzlaf, and Giroux. After how well the defensive pair of Vlasic and Doughty were in the Sochi Olympics I was surprised to see them split in favor of a Vlasic and Weber tandem. The combination should still be great just not sure why you would fix something that was not broken. I am glad to see Burns have a solid part on the roster when Team Canada brought in a fourth right shot to their defense core after Duncan Keith dropped out I was worried that Pietrangelo would line up with Bouwmeester and Burns would be the odd man out as Canada usually sticks to right shot – left shot combinations. Finally, I’m sure I’m not the only one who scratched their head at Joe Thornton on the wing. I don’t recall Thornton ever playing wing in as long as I have watched him and I have watched him since his days of OHL hockey with the Soo Greyhounds.