Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
Charlie Lindgren is not made of illusions. Even though he shone in his first week as a guard # 1 in the NHL, the American 23-year-old knows very well what awaits him when Carey Price will be recovered from his lower-body injury.
“This is the team of Carey, he said after the training of the Canadian, on Monday. I feel comfortable and I think give a chance to the team to win. But when Carey will be back… this is Carey Price ! “
Price has once again led before his teammates in the coach company of the guards, Stephane Waite on Monday.
Bothered by a lower-body injury, Price has not played since 2 November, when a defeat of 6-3 to face the Wild in Minnesota.
He has started to train alone, last Wednesday. “The only thing I can say is that he continues to train and prepare,” said head coach Claude Julien. As long as it will not be with the group, I will not be able to tell when he will be back. “
In 11 starts this season, Price has a record of 3-7-1 with an average goals allowed of 3.77 and an efficiency rate of ,877.
Lindgren has taken over the reins with gusto over the last week. In four starts, he has a record of 3-1-0 with a mean of 1.24 and an efficiency rate of ,964.
“This is great ! I am where I want to be, said Lindgren about his new routine. I’m having fun and I try to enjoy it. “
“I feel more comfortable after each game. I believe I have demonstrated that I can play here at this level. It is well ! “
Julien recognizes also the qualities of Lindgren, who became a lifeline of luxury for the Habs. “It’s a humble guy, but he is also very confident in his means, he mentioned. He is combative and he is not intimidated by the fact that it is in the national League. “
Julien is certainly not gone there in his reflection, but if Lindgren continues to shine, it will then force may be the hand of the leadership of the team. This is the main concern, he remained diplomatic in his comments regarding his situation when Price or Montoya will return to the game. It could be downgraded within the Rocket of Laval, in the american League, or remain with the big club as a reserve Price. “This is not up to me to make this decision, responded Lindgren.