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National Hockey League Update: Canadiens Star Price Takes Short Break; Kraken ‘Happy’ with Goalie Duo

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Canadiens star Price Takes Short Break Kraken 'Happy' With Goalkeeper Duo

The new season of the National Hockey League will miss one of its top stars for an unspecified period. On the other hand, the league’s youngest team is hyping up for their talented group of netminders. They will be going into the start of the regular season on October 13.

Canadiens Star Goalie Carey Price Out for at Least 30 Days

The Montreal Canadiens will open the 2021-22 NHL Season without their starting netminder Carey Price, team manager Marc Bergevin disclosed on Thursday. Bergevin said that Price will take a “short break” from active competition. He will enter the league’s player assistance program for a “minimum of 30 days.”. The Canadiens team manager did not specify what kind of treatment.

Bergevin says that he was caught off guard by the development. He says that he was only told of the decision to seek help only on Wednesday. He hailed Price for his courageous decision to seek help from specialists. The said player has been recovering from surgery to fix his knee. Last season, the Canadiens reached their first Stanley Cup final in 28 years with the veteran Price between the pipes. However, champions Tampa Bay Lightning took the victory in five games.

His wife, Angela, released a photo of Price and their three children on social media and posted an encouraging message for fans who are looking forward to the goalie’s comeback from the sport.

The Canadiens, who hold the record for most NHL titles at 24, have yet to win another title since 1993. They open their season on October 13 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kraken Goalie Duo Excited for New Season

Seattle Kraken goaltending duo Philipp Grubauer and Chris Driedger have expressed excitement about working together for the 2021-22 season.

Driedger, who was first acquired by the Kraken via the expansion draft, said that he is fine with Grubauer being the team’s number one goaltender as long as it is good for the team. He is willing to learn from Vezina Trophy finalist Grubauer. He was signed for a six-year deal worth US$35.4 million.

Grubauer expects to start for Seattle in their opener against Vegas Golden Knights on October 12., who had a career-best 1.95 goals against and seven shutouts while playing 70% of the regular-season games for Colorado last season,  He will try to recover from an awful playoff stint where he allowed 16 goals in the last four games in their second-round playoff series against Vegas. 

Driedger played 23 games for the Florida Panthers and allowed 2.07 goals last season. However, he found himself in an awkward three-man rotation with 19-year-old Spencer Knight and veteran Sergei Bobrovsky at the end of the season and into the playoffs.

Grubauer expects to play 50 games under Dave Hakstol, who normally gives his first-choice netminder two-thirds of game exposure for the season. Driedger, on the other hand, will possibly see action in 30 matches for the 2021-22 season. Number three goalie Joey Daccord is on standby if either Grubauer or Driedger gets injured. The second-choice netminder for Seattle is supposedly the former Ottawa goaltender if Grubauer was not available. 

Conclusion

The Kraken will be the newest team in the National Hockey League in the upcoming season. Expect them to fight for every possession with their solid crew of goaltenders leading the defense. The formidable defensive crew would give NHL betting strategists some problems if they bet against the Kraken in the 2021-22 season.