Samuel Montembeault: ups and downs

Goaltender Samuel Montembeault has contributed to the Montreal Canadiens’ recent success and while he hasn’t been perfect, he has provided more reassuring performances.

The Quebecer has a .897 save percentage and a 3.60 goals-against average this season, but his statistics have improved lately, which is no stranger to the Habs’ eight wins in 11 outings. The 7-12-5 record in 2021-22 has also finished with a rate equal to or greater than .900 eight times in his last 11 meetings, achieving a shutout at the expense of the Buffalo Sabers on the 23rd. february.

Two games in particular hurt his numbers, those of February 13 against the Sabers and March 1 against the Jets; in Winnipeg, he gave up seven times on 23 shots for a meager .696 and was benched after just over two periods.

A sign of a significant workload, the former Florida Panthers has received at least 30 shots in eight of his last 10 games, including the most recent four. However, this massive challenge from the opposition is not new, as Montembault has faced 40 or more shots on five occasions, including two consecutive nights of 50 or more shots on January 18 and 20.

Despite the collective failures of his team, the 25-year-old athlete has already established a few career highs in the National League by virtue of his seven victories and 30 games played.

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