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Habs' Carey Price

We’ve all seen the stats:

Pekka Rinne  56 GP-37W- 15L-4OTL- 2.12 GAA-.926 SV% -3 SO
Braden Holtby 62 GP-34W- 18L-9OTL-2.19 GAA-.924 SV%-8 SO
Ben Bishop 53 GP -34W- 11L-4OTL -2.32 GAA-.915 SV%-3 SO
Devan Dubnyk 47GP-30W- 10L-3OTL -2.08 GAA-.929 SV%- 6 SO

Stats wise, this is Price’s competition for the Vezina.

If Dubnyk spent the entire year with the Wild, one has to wonder if he could have kept this pace up.

Let’s go back to 1996-1997 and the year where Dominic Hasek won the trophy in a landslide. He finished the voting with 50 first place votes, the runner up being Paul Kariya receiving only 3 first place votes. With a stat line for that season of 37W-20L-10T, a 2.27 GAA and .930 SV% – it’s no wonder he also beat out the likes of Lemieux, Brodeur, Selanne and Patrick Roy. Despite less wins but a higher SV% and GAA, Hasek repeated as the Hart winner this time with 43 first place votes along the way beating out Brodeur, Gretzky, Jagr and once again Selanne.

When you look at Carey Price’s stats, they are out of this world:

57 GP -38W-15L-4OTL – 1.93GAA -.935SV% – 7SO

Price’s competition for the Hart starts here:

Alexander Ovechkin 70GP -45G-26A -71PTS – leads NHL in goals;
John Tavares 72GP -33G -39A-72PTS – leads league in points;
Steven Stamkos 71GP-39G-26A-65 PTS – is guiding a team in Tampa Bay on a mission to prove they are no pushovers after being swept in the playoffs last year by Montreal;

You probably could have thrown Patrick Kane in there before his injury as he was leading the league in scoring with 64 points in 61 games.

Jose Theodore’s stats in 2001-2002:

30W-24L-10T- 2.11GAA – .931SV% – he won the Hart and Vezina that year;

Although all those numbers are very impressive, one look at Price’s stats and he’s the hands down winner. You take Kane, Stamkos, Ovechkin or even Nash off of their respective teams and they’re still in respectable positions. As Price rides horses in the summer, the Habs have rode Price all the way to the top of the Eastern Conference, perhaps the league standings and a President’s Trophy. Hopefully Price still has a lot of horse power left because just like the regular season, the Habs will climb up on his back and ride him until he has nothing left. Hopefully at the end of the road, it’s to the only banner that matters.

Article by Thomas Harvey