2019 NHL All-Star rosters announced

The NHL has announced the four rosters for the 2019 All-Star Game today, scheduled to be held on January 26th in San Jose. Earlier today, Alex Ovechkin, who was elected captain of Metropolitan Division squad, told the league that he wouldn’t be attending and will accept the punishment of missing one game either before or after the break. Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, and Auston Matthews will represent the Pacific, Central and Atlantic respectively, as the other captains. A replacement captain for Ovechkin has yet to be named.

The full rosters are as follows:

Pacific Division

John Gibson (ANA)
Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK)

D Erik Karlsson (SJS)
Brent Burns (SJS)
Drew Doughty (LAK)

Connor McDavid (EDM)*
Johnny Gaudreau (CGY)
Joe Pavelski (SJS)
F Elias Pettersson (VAN)
F Clayton Keller (ARI)

Central Division

Pekka Rinne (NSH)
Devan Dubnyk (MIN)

D Roman Josi (NSH)
D Miro Heiskanen (DAL)

Nathan MacKinnon (COL)*
Mikko Rantanen (COL)
Blake Wheeler (WPG)
Patrick Kane (CHI)

Mark Scheifele (WPG)
F Ryan O’Reilly (STL)

Atlantic Division

Jimmy Howard (DET)
G Carey Price (MTL)

Keith Yandle (FLA)
D Thomas Chabot (OTT)

F Auston Matthews (TOR)*
F Nikita Kucherov (TBL)
F Steven Stamkos (TBL)
John Tavares (TOR)

F David Pastrnak (BOS)
F Jack Eichel (BUF)

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By Zach Leach

Price Speaks about Injury

Written by Luke Fox at SportsNet.ca
On a scale of 1 to 10, Carey Price rates his health somewhere between 3 and 7.

Recently practising in full gear for the first time in months, the NHL’s reigning MVP is “pretty confident” he’ll rejoin the Montreal Canadiens this season, but there is no timeline for his return to action as he recovers from a lower-body injury.

“As soon as possible,” Price told reporters in Brossard, Que., Thursday, after facing pucks. “I haven’t seen a shot for three months. To go out on the ice and do some real work, it’s been real nice.

“I’m starting to push my limits a bit more,” added Price, who believes he turned the corner in his recovery over the last couple of weeks. “I’m continuing the process. It’s been a really long one, obviously.”

Price said he has not suffered any setbacks, but his rehabilitation did plateau at one point. He’s still unsure if he’ll be game-ready “this year or next year.”

In late November, Price was given a six-week recovery timeline. In January, that was pushed to a late-February or early-March return. Reports in February that Price’s season was over were denied.

Price’s unspecified injury (a suspected knee) has not required surgery and he has been skating by himself, recently in full gear. The health issue stems from an incident on Oct. 29 in Edmonton, where Price stepped on a puck during warm-up.

After rushing to its best start in franchise history, Montreal (30-28-6) has plummeted out of the playoff picture.

When Price last played, the club was in first place overall. The Habs became a trade-deadline seller and now sit sixth in the Atlantic Division and 22nd overall.

The aim has always been to play this season, Price said, regardless of the Canadiens’ place in the standings. Being sidelined has taken its toll mentally.

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The Montreal Canadiens Will Be Just Fine Without Carey Price

Written by Matthew McCormack at The Sports Quotient

For the foreseeable future, the Montreal Canadiens will be without last year’s Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy winner.

And they will be just fine.

On November 30th, in a highly anticipated game against the New York Rangers, Carey Price aggravated a lower body injury that had been ailing him for weeks. Fortunately for Montreal, the injury will not require surgery. However, it will cause him to miss at least the next five weeks.

If everything goes right and Price comes back by the beginning of January, the Canadiens will have to last 16 straight games (approximately 20% of the season) without the services of the league’s top goaltender.

If this injury had occurred last year, Montreal would have been in deep trouble.

During Price’s Hart-winning 2014-‘15 season, he was absolutely vital to Montreal’s success. The Habs went 44-16-6 in Price’s 66 games played last season, while going a mediocre 6-6-4 with backup netminder Dustin Tokarski in goal. With Tokarski’s lackluster career numbers (2.85 goals against average, .906 save percentage) a long-term injury to Price would have been devastating.

This year, however, Montreal’s backup goalie situation is much more stable. Backup rookie Mike Condon has been nothing short of sensational filling in for Price this year.

Condon has started 16 games this season, already matching Tokarski’s total from last year. In these 16 games, Condon has gone 9-4-3 with a goals against average of 2.22 and a save percentage of .913, major improvements from Tokarski’s mediocre statistics last season.

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Despite Carey Price Injury, Canadiens Are in Decent Shape Going Forward

Written by Liam McGuire at The Comeback

In a devastating blow to the Montreal Canadiens, goaltender Carey Price will miss time after injuring his left knee. He had previously missed time earlier this season after slipping on a puck during warmup per Elliotte Friedman, and it appears he reaggravated the injury. The Canadiens announced Price will miss six weeks, but will not require surgery.

The reigning Hart and Vezina trophy winner had been excellent when he’s seen action this season, with a 10-2 record, a 2.06 GAA and a .934 save percentage. He’s also been unsurprisingly great at even strength, with a .939 save percentage while facing 30.66 shots per sixty minutes. Price is simply the best goalie in the NHL and is the most valuable player on the Canadiens squad that leads the NHL with 39 points.

Price was out for a three-week stretch and the Canadiens surprisingly stayed afloat during his absence, and that’s largely thanks to backup Mike Condon.

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Carey Price Is Really Good at Goaltending

Written by Chad Langager at Sporting Charts

Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens are the early story of the 2015-16 NHL season as they have started the season 9-0-0 with Price having 7 of those wins allowing just 9 goals and putting up a .961 save percentage over his 7 starts.

Last season, he won both the Vezina and Hart Memorial Trophies on the back of an amazing campaign of 44 wins and a .933 SV%. This season, he could be even better, which is a scary thought.

For the Chart of the Day, we decided to look at his 2015-16 campaign so far and how it has compared to his past seasons:

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