NHL players say Carey Price still the most clutch goalie in the game

Feb 28 2019, 11:01 pm

When the pressure’s on and the game is on the line, who do you want between the pipes?

According to a recent player poll conducted by The Athletic, the correct answer is Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

Enjoying a bounce-back season, the 31-year-old clearly has the respect of his peers, as 28% of the 198 NHL players polled chose Price when posed the question: “Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final — who do you want starting in goal?”

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Price came in well ahead of Marc-Andre Fleury (16%), Andrei Vasilevskiy (15%), Jonathan Quick (7%), and Braden Holtby (6%).

The longtime Canadiens goaltender has appeared in 50 games this season (third-most in the NHL), compiling an impressive 26-18-5 record, with a 2.52 goals against average and .917 save percentage, which has helped his team surpass expectations.

The Canadiens are holding down a playoff spot, something that wouldn’t be possible without outstanding goaltending from Price.