Carey Price quipped that he's scared of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their recent play behind Evgeni Malkin is giving the Montreal Canadiens' goaltender good reason to be.
The Penguins will try to beat the Canadiens for a third time in a row and match their longest winning streak of the season Friday night at Consol Energy Center.
Pittsburgh (25-17-4) has won four consecutive games after dropping six in a row. They've outscored opponents 16-6 during the current streak, which is one shy of their season-long five-game run Oct. 18-27.
The Penguins' latest win was their most impressive, as they defeated the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers 4-1 on the road Thursday.
Price and the Canadiens (17-21-8) are well aware of what Pittsburgh is capable of since the Penguins have won both meetings this season, including a 3-1 home victory Oct. 20.
Price, who figures to be in net, stopped 67 of 74 shots in those two matchups, and feels facing the Penguins can bring out the best in him.