The starting goalies at both ends of the ice will be looking to reach significant milestones when the Montreal Canadiens
host the Calgary Flames
in their home opener Thursday.
For the Flames, Miikka Kiprusoff
will be taking his second shot at passing Mike Vernon to become the franchise leader in wins. They're tied with 262.
"That’s an individual accomplishment that really is a reflection of a team, the team he had in front of him, but also the fact he's a very good goaltender," said Flames coach Brent Sutter
. "The one thing is he's constant; he's been very consistent for the most part in how he prepares and everything he does. He's a true professional."
Though getting the record for Kiprusoff is important, the Flames simply are looking to win a game at this point after starting the season with two losses where they allowed five goals in each game.
"We're definitely still upbeat in this room," said captain Jarome Iginla
. "But at the same time, we know we need to play better."
At the other end of the ice, the Canadiens' Carey Price
will be looking to become the seventh-youngest goalie in League history to reach 100 career wins.
Should Price get the win Thursday he will have done it at age 24 years, 58 days old. That would leave him behind Harry Lumley
, Tom Barrasso
, Terry Sawchuk
, Grant Fuhr
and Patrick Roy
, all of whom registered their 100th win at the age of 23 or younger.
Former Canadien Jocelyn Thibault
was 24 years, 32 days old when he got his 100th win to slide into sixth on the list, while Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
was 24 years, 91 days old when he hit the milestone.
Fleury will fall to eighth on the list at some point, unless it takes Price more than a month to get another win.
"It's cool to be able to get to 100, but I'd like to get a couple of hundred more," Price said after practice Wednesday. "It shows how many good teams I've played on because you don't win if you're not on a good team."