Sidney Crosby makes a huge declaration about Carey Price ahead of tonight's game

Here's what happens when an NHL star talks about another great player:

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Carey Price has had a very difficult 2017-18 season. Not only did the 30-year-old star goaltender suffer two serious injuries (a lower-body injury in November, and a concussion at the end of February) that forced him to miss nearly two months, but his performances have not been nearly as good as we have seen over the past seasons. 

When we look at his stats sheet (16 wins, 24 losses, 6 OT losses, 3.07 GAA and .902 SV%), it is actually hard to believe he won the Ted Lindsay award, as well as the Hart, Vezina and William M. Jennings trophies just three years ago.

Now even though he won't be suiting up in tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby decided to talk about Price, and how he is certainly going to bounce back next season. Here's what he told La Presse's reporter, Richard Labbe:

"I'm sure he's going to bounce back. He has been so good since the start of his career, it's been extremely hard for him this season because of all these injuries. There's so much pressure on his shoulders, especially in Montreal. Being a goaltender isn't easy. But he's one of the best, and I am not worried at all."

Crosby also added that the reason Price hasn't been playing so well this year may be quite simple:

"It's hard to stay at the top year after year. The expectations are high, and things don't always go as well as you would like. People expect you to be better every year. You can work hard, and you can prepare youself, but you never know how it's gonna go during the season. Carey had to face a lot of obstacles and adversity, he's had ups and downs. But he also had incredible seasons, and he's an incredible goaltender so I'm sure he'll be just fine."

Do you think Carey Price is gonna be able to bounce back if he stays healthy? Keep in mind the Habs signed him to an eight-year, $84 million contract...

Top goaltender out for the remainder of the season

The Colorado Avalanche has announced devastating news to its fans. The team has confirmed through its official Twitter account that its star goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be out for the remainder of the season because of a lower-body injury.

We do not have more information about the nature of the injury, and how serious it is:

The former Vezina trophy finalist compiled 24 wins, 16 losses and 6 overtime losses this season, a goals-against average of 2.68 and a save percentage of .920.

But sadly for Avs' fans, this isn't all. We could also read in this tweet that 30-year-old defenseman Erik Johnson will be out of the lineup for the next six weeks, as he suffered a fractured patella. He suited up in 62 games this season, in which he recorded nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points. He also recorded 58 penalty minutes, and a +/- differential of +3.

Let's just say this is pretty bad news for the Avalanche, who's tied with the St. Louis Blues in points for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. However, they have played one more game. This means Nathan MacKinnon and the team's other star players will have to step their game up if they want to make it to the playoffs.