Guy Carbonneau pretty much went on the record saying that Jaroslav Halak will be the goaltender the Canadiens will rely on to get them to the post-season.
Can he do it?
It wouldn’t be the first time the Canadiens try to rely on a hot goalie to get them into the playoffs and even win them a cup.
There’s a lot of pressure on the 21 year old goalie that has barely even played in the NHL.
Looking at the remaining teams in the playoff hunt and their goalies:
Atlanta Thrashers: Kari Lehtonen
Tampa Bay Lightning: Denis/Holmqvist
NY Islanders: Rick DiPietro
Toronto Maple Leafs: Andrew Raycroft
Carolina Hurricanes: Cam Ward
New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist
Boston Bruins: Tim Thomas
Not very much experience there with the exception of maybe DiPietro and Cam Ward who is still young and has still never completed a full season. Halak however is the least experienced of all.
It will come down to who gets hot and stays hot down the stretch.
A lot to ask of a rookie goalie.