This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.The NHL season is just one week old, but 48 different goaltenders have already taken the ice. Notably absent from the list is Canadiens star Carey Price, who has been kept out of commission by a severe case of the flu. That ailment isn't serious in the grand scheme of things, and should have nearly zero effect on the 2014 Hart Trophy winner's value moving forward.
It's hard to draw many conclusions based on the tiny 1-to-2 game sample sizes currently available, so it would be unwise to overreact to any early successes or struggles. Early-season injuries, however, make more easily quantifiable impacts by eliminating certain players' playing time and subsequently giving others increased opportunities.
While the injury report hasn't been...
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