I figured it would take a major letdown on the part of Carey Price for him to take a seat on the bench, and he certainly hasn't had that.
I suppose some could argue he should have had the the overtime winner by Kyle Okposo on Thursday night, and maybe even the Islanders first goal. But considering the saves he did make in that game, it would be a completely unfair argument to make.
So when Bob Gainey announced that Jaroslav Halak would be starting in goal Saturday night with the mighty New Jersey Devils in town seeking to get their goalie a share of the NHL's all-time wins record, it was a decision that was curious, to say the least.
I guess the lesson here is to assume nothing with Gainey making the day-to-day decisions, because I actually was under the impression Guy Carbonneau's refusal to stick with Price through thick and thin was one of the reasons he was fired. I was apparently wrong, because if there was one time to stick with Price, I would think Saturday night would be it.
Halak is being placed into a difficult position, one that I'm not sure is entirely fair to him, or to Price for that matter. With the way the Habs have been playing of late, a goalie's going to need to be sharp to face the Devils and Halak hasn't played a game in two weeks. By the same token, Price looked to be getting into a real groove over the past few games and now has to sit and watch it.
I just don't get it.