The updated 2014 Stanley Cup odds have accounted for the depressing news that Carey Price is out for the season with an apparent knee injury suffered in the first game of the conference finals. It’s a massive blow to the Montreal Canadiens, who are now the longest shot to win out the rest of the season.
Updated 2014 Stanley Cup Odds
- Chicago Blackhawks +125
- New York Rangers +200
- Los Angeles Kings +400
- Montreal Canadiens +600
Obviously head coach Michel Therrian was frustrated by the incident. He addressed the loss of Carey Price to the media early on Monday morning after news broke out that his star goalie would no longer defend the crease for his team.
"Carey Price won’t be able to play, not only for tonight but for the rest of the series," said Therrien. "Really disappointed. He’s our best player.
"Looking at the incident, it’s a reckless play. That’s the truth. And Kreider, that’s not the first time he’s going at goalies. So we end up losing our best player, but our group faced a lot of adversity throughout the course of the season.” (Credit: Canadian Press)
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If you watched the 7-2 throttling that Montreal suffered on Saturday, then you know that Peter Budaj is an awful goalie who isn’t worth holding Carey Price’s jock strap let along his starting spot. You couldn’t possible bet on the Habs with the updated 2014 Stanley Cup odds and hinge your hopes on Budaj. That would be outright stupidity.
Some might ask why Montreal never invested in a better backup when so many other teams seem to have one in the wings. The fact is that Montreal went all-in on Price, and knew they were never going to win the Stanley Cup without him.
There will be no love loss between the Rangers and Canadiens as they prepare to survive the rest of this series. I wouldn’t put it past Montreal to take a few cheap shots at Lundqvist. Knocking the Swedish stud out of his own crease might be the only way for Montreal to even the updated 2014 Stanley Cup odds against their opponents in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, it’s impossible to see Montreal advancing without Price.