Originally written on Rotowire  |  Last updated 6/29/14

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 30: Goaltender Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens defends his net against the Chicago Blackhawks during their game at the United Center on October 30, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Canadiens 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Canadiens went 2-6 during the preseason, often looking bad in the process, which brought out the worriers among the Habs' fan base. Goaltender Carey Price allowed seven goals in the first 31 shots faced, prompting some internet muttering about him switching from pads manufactured by Vaughn to Reebok. Settle-D, Goalie geeks. The Habs and Price finished on a high note. Using a group of players resembling the one that will suit up tonight in Toronto, the Canadiens rolled to a resounding 5-1 win over Tampa Bay in their preseason finale. The biggest concerns entering the offseason were health and personnel-transition on defense, an undersized group on the front line, a need for more scoring, particularly in even-strength situations, and perhaps someone the team could feel comfortable with giving Price 20-25 games off a season. Injuries last season to defensemen Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges sent the Canadiens into scramble mode, filling holes with mid-season acquisitions li...
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