Al Montoya
G MTL
2 days ago

Montoya gave up five goals on 42 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Kings on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

This was Montoya's first start of the season, and at this rate he won't be getting many more. In his previous appearance this year, Montoya gave up two goals on nine shots.

Al Montoya
G MTL
2 days ago

Montoya will be between the pipes against Los Angeles on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Montoya will be making his first start of the season, having appeared just once in relief of Carey Price on Oct. 7. The 32-year-old Montoya is likely getting the nod because Wednesday's contest is the tailend of a back-to-back; however, Price has looked shaky at best through the opening six games of the year, which could open the door for Montoya to get a few more games.

Al Montoya
G MTL
2 weeks ago

Montoya gave up two goals on seven shots in relief Saturday after replacing starter Carey Price to start the second period against the Capitals.

EDGE Analysis

It was the Ovie show Saturday, with the stud winger finding twine four times. Neither Price nor Montoya had a shot. Period.

Al Montoya
G MTL
2 weeks ago

Montoya is in net for the start of the second period against the Capitals on Saturday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carey Price got lit up for four goals on 14 shots in the first period, leading to his departure. Montoya posted a .912 save percentage and 2.67 GAA in 19 games last season, showing that he'll be able to hold his own as a backup. The 32-year-old was expected to start Sunday against the Capitals, but those plans may change now that he's likely to play two periods Saturday.

Al Montoya
G MTL
3 weeks ago

Montoya (neck) is available for Friday night's preseason home contest versus the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

Montreal's primary backup goalie took a puck to the throat during Wednesday's practice, and he even required assistance getting off the ice, but fortunately appears to have avoided a serious injury. Montoya went 8-6-4 with a 2.67 GAA and .912 save percentage last season; those aren't great numbers, but his pair of shutouts between 19 games show that you may be able to catch lightning in a bottle by streaming him as a low-budget flier in daily settings during the season.

Al Montoya
G MTL
3 weeks ago

Montoya headed to the Habs' dressing room Wednesday after taking a puck to the throat, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Montoya needed assistance to get off the ice -- which is certainly concerning -- but the team did not provide an update on his status. If the 32-year-old does have to miss time, the Habs will likely turn to Charlie Lindgren (lower body) to serve as the backup -- although he is also dealing with an injury.

Al Montoya
G MTL
3 months ago1 Comment

Montoya could see an increase in his workload in the 2017-18 season, Steven Nechay of Canadiens.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Canadiens' goaltending coach, Steven Waite has expressed his trust in Montoya, saying "We're not afraid to put Al in goal against any team in the league". This implies that Montreal can use Montoya whenever starting goalie Carey Price needs rest, not just against weaker opponents. Montoya's increase in playing time will be limited however, as he will remain in a back up role to Price.

Al Montoya
G MTL
6 months ago

Montoya (lower body) will back up Charlie Lindgren in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Red Wings, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Basu further relayed from coach Claude Julien that Montoya should be at full strength for the playoffs.

Al Montoya
G MTL
6 months ago

Montoya (lower body) is not in the lineup for Friday night's home game against the Lightning.

EDGE Analysis

While reports have foretold Montoya's imminent return, keep in mind that the Canadiens have already locked up the top spot in the Atlantic and there is no advantage in bringing back their backup before he is totally ready. This leaves Charlie Lindgren to back up Carey Price on Friday and it's possible that the young goalie could draw the start in Detroit on Saturday.

Al Montoya
G MTL
7 months ago

Montoya (lower body) is "really close" to returning, per Canadiens coach Claude Julien, Joe Yerdon of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Montoya has effectively been ruled out for Wednesday's road tilt with the Sabres, but there appears to be a chance that he'll be ready for a back-to-back set to cap off the regular season, starting with Friday's home game against the Lightning. Prior to his injury, he'd been starting about once every 4-to-5 games.