Is Jake Allen’s season over? We should know more about the state of health of the Habs goalkeeper at the end of the team’s morning training. But, since there are only 10 games left, we can expect that to be the case.
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Recall that, in Toronto, Allen gave way to Samuel Montembeault on Saturday night, after suffering from what appears to be a groin injury.
This would be a rather abrupt end for the man who had already missed 25 games due to a similar injury suffered on January 12, in Boston.
Since he was out of the game for nine weeks, we can assume that the New Brunswicker had fully recovered from this injury when he put his pads back on.
On the other hand, could it be that Martin St-Louis and Éric Raymond have stretched the rubber band a little too much by offering him 11 of the last 12 starts? Not only did he see action almost every other night, but his evenings at work were also particularly busy.
He received at least 40 shots six times in the 10 games he played. He had his quietest game on March 19, when the Senators fired 30 shots on him.
Want an idea of Allen’s workload? During this period, the Canadiens goaltender faced 401 shots from the opposition. Next in the list, Ville Husso, of the St. Louis Blues, with 339. We are talking about 62 fewer shots, despite one more game for Husso.
This continued use of Allen certainly allowed St-Louis and the Canadian to collect a few additional points in the standings. However, this does not prevent him from dancing between the 30and31and and the 32and rank in the general classification.
With Allen on the sidelines, Kent Hughes recalled Cayden Primeau. The American, who has had his fair share of trouble in net for the big club this year, has regained his composure since his dismissal from the American League.
Since February 18, he has a record of seven wins against four losses and two tiebreaker losses. However, this recall may well be only temporary.
The CH will play four matches this week. It should come as no surprise to see Carey Price start one of them. And this, even if St-Louis hammered that he would not rush the return of the star masked man.
“When Carey is ready, he will play no matter what the situation with Jake is. We will follow the process,” he said after the loss to the Maple Leafs.
However, in New Jersey and Toronto, Price has been training as a goaltender who is about to return to play.
A sad record
Moreover, given the way the Canadian fell apart in the first half of the season, it was only a matter of time before one of the franchise’s record for mediocrity was broken. .
The setback suffered in Toronto was the 41st of the season conceded in regulation time: never had CH suffered so many defeats during the same season.
The old mark of 40 was set in 1983-84, then repeated in 2000-01 and 2017-18. The Habs now have 10 games to claim five wins and at least equal the 25 wins of 1950-51, the franchise’s lowest haul in a schedule of at least 70 games.