Jan 4, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Carey Price, P.K. Subban Named To Canada Olympic Team


Apr 25, 2013; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defense P.K. Subban (76) celebrates after the goal with Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the third period. Montreal wins 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

P.K. Subban and Carey Price received confirmation today that they will be representing Canada when the Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia next month.

It comes as no surprise to fans of the Montreal Canadiens, as the pair have been the best players for Montreal since the first game of the season.

Dec 31, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Montreal Canadiens defensemen P. K. Subban (76) takes 3rd period slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Subban leads the Canadiens in points with 33 in 44 games played. He is the unquestioned best skater on the team and will bring an exceptional two way game to Russia. His skating, passing, stick handling and especially his booming slap shot will be a huge boost for Team Canada. Also, his underrated defensive game and physical presence will ensure he gets plenty of ice time in all situations when the puck drops February 13th.

Subban is the second highest scoring defenseman in the NHL from Canada, trailing only future teammate Duncan Keith. His seven goals are less than only Shea Weber among Canadian defenders, and he boasts an impressive plus 14 rating.

He is a dynamic presence at both ends of the ice, and will show he belongs among the best Canadian defenseman. P.K. is the defending Norris Trophy winner, so the fact there was any debate over whether he would make this team was absurd to begin with.

Carey Price has been carrying the Montreal Canadiens on his back all season. He was on the bubble at the beginning of the season, but his strong play this year made him one of the most obvious choices on the team.

Price is one of only two Canadian goaltenders to already reach 20 wins on the NHL season. His 2.22 goals against average trails only Josh Harding among regular starters from Canada and his excellent .928 save percentage also only comes in behind Harding.

Price has been the last line of defense on a team that has struggled to score goals, and is prone to defensive lapses. His poise, strong play and calm demeanor have held Montreal in countless games this season that they had no business winning. The Canadiens currently sit second place in the Atlantic Division, but would be lucky to be hanging on to a playoff spot without the play of Price this season.

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