Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has been in and out of the lineup this season and it appears that there will be a lot of “out” coming up.
The Canadiens announced on Monday that Price will miss at least six weeks with a lower body injury. As a silver lining for the team and Price, they’ve announced that the injury will not require surgery.
In Saturday’s Headlines segment on Sportsnet Elliotte Friedman reported that Price’s lower body injury stems from him stepping on a puck during warm-ups on October 29 in Edmonton.
Price missed a little over two weeks with the injury earlier in the season, then returned, but left Wednesday’s game having presumably aggravated the injury.
The six week timeline will include missing the Winter Classic, meaning that rookie goaltender Mike Condon, who will be starting in Price’s absence, is likely to get the start in that premiere match-up, barring a complete collapse or injury.
The team has already recalled Dustin Tokarski to serve as Condon’s back-up.
Medical update: Carey Price will be out for a minimum of six weeks (lower body injury) – will not require surgery.
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