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Bottom Six Minutes 77: Some things never change

Carey Price may have been away from the team for a while, but he returned to the same old problems.

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The Montreal Canadiens are locked in a heated battle in the standings, one which their loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night actually helps with. Trying to beat the Arizona Coyotes for last place, the return of Carey Price was considered by some to be concerning with respect to that quest.

Of course, if the Habs just refuse to score any goals for all of Price’s starts, that concern should evaporate rather quickly.

This complete lack of run support is the same problem that has been prevalent throughout Price’s tenure in Montreal. Even in some of their stronger seasons with Price between the pipes, they were never quite filing the net at the other end. I wonder if there is any comfort for him in returning and realizing how badly this team needs him to be at his best.

We’ve seen significant improvement since Martin St. Louis took over the bench, but there is still work to be done. If the Canadiens intend to retain Price through next season and beyond, they need to ensure that they can ice a team that can actually give him something to work with.

The good news is that he played well enough to win that game against the Wild. The better news for some is that they still didn’t win it, so it could help them get that first-overall pick to improve the roster.

Personally, I’d love to see them give him at least one of those high-octane offensive games before this season comes to an end.

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Podcast Highlights

Price’s blcoker/shoulder save

Poor Tyler Pitlick

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