In 2018, There were rumors of a blockbuster trade between the Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues that involved Carey Price, Jake Allen. Today, they are teammates, and aren’t doing too bad.
When the Canadiens traded for Jake Allen, this was a very popular move as price would get some quality help between the pipes. Carey Price could use the help.
Every year since his first season in 2007, Price played a ton of hockey. Now the Canadiens can sleep at night knowing their future hall-of-fame-goaltender can get a break every now and then. Before this year, Price’s backups included Charlie Lindgren, Keith Kinkaid, Antti Niemi, Al Montoya. None of them played more than 20 games in a season.
So far, Allen has played five out of the Canadiens 13. This one-two-punch combination has the Canadiens placed second in the league for goal differential with +17. Price and Allen have combined goals against average of 2.31 and save percentage of .920. Not to mention the Canadiens are in second place in the North Division and fourth place in the entire league.
Safe to say, this added goaltending depth was a huge piece of the puzzle for their success. This shows the new wave of a 1a and 1b tandem instead of a number 1 and a number 2 could be more efficient.