Montreal Canadiens' head coach Claude Julien officially announced who his starting goaltender is going to be tonight, against the Edmonton Oilers.
He confirmed Antti Niemi will get the start, while Price will sit on the bench for the first time since he came back from a lower-body injury, on November 26.
While this may come as a surprise to some, Julien's decision might have been motivated by the statistics of both netminders against the Oilers:
Carey Price has a record of 2-7-1, a goals against average of 4.29 and a save percentage of .867 in 10 career games against Edmonton, while Niemi's record is much better: 12-2-3 in 19 games, with a GAA of 2.61 and a SV% of .904.
Niemi initially signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, before being placed on waivers on October 23. He was claimed by the Florida Panthers, who waived him again just days after.
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