Carey Price is not among the top 40 NHL goalies in save percentage or top 30 in goals-against average this season, facts that are not on the top 100 list of concerns of Montreal Canadiens goaltending coach Stephane Waite.
"I won't waste my time trying to justify stats every game or every season, whether they're good or bad," Waite said from Las Vegas on Friday, the day after Price recorded his 300th regular-season NHL victory for the Canadiens against the Arizona Coyotes. "That's why I encourage Carey to worry not about the stats, but about making the big save, just doing whatever it takes to stop the puck. That's it, that's all."
Price got win No. 301 on Saturday, making 23 saves in the Canadiens' 4-3 overtime victory against the Vegas Golden Knights. Price, who was making his sixth consecutive start, heads into the Canadiens' six-day Christmas break with a record of 15-10-4, a 2.84 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. He has one shutout, making 33 saves in a 3-0 win at the Boston Bruins on Oct. 27.