The Montreal Canadiens recently inked goaltender Charlie Lindgren from St. Cloud State University to an entry-level deal and brought him on board with the NHL club immediately; unlike a number of NCAA free agents, he’s finishing out the year in the majors instead of on an ATO at the minor league level.
Now, he’ll also get his first NHL start.
The Canadiens confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Lindgren, who finished his final season of NCAA play with a .925 save percentage and five shutouts through 40 games played, will get his first start of the year when the Atlantic Division team heads on the road to face the Carolina Hurricanes.
Standing backup behind Lindgren will be team rookie Mike Condon, who has posted a .903 save percentage through his 54 games played after starter Carey Price went down with injury. This will make Montreal’s fifth goaltender to take the net for the team during the regular season alone, as both Dustin Tokarski (dealt to the Anaheim Ducks midway through the year) and Ben Scrivens (recently waived and reassigned to the AHL’s St. John’s Ice Caps) have also gotten time throughout the season.
The two Eastern Conference teams will face off at 7:00 PM EST tomorrow, with Montreal looking to win one of their last two games of the year. After losing Price, the Canadiens have reached game 81 with a dismal 36-38-6 record, made the more concerning when considering that the club went 10-2-0 to start off the year with Price.