Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has been placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to February 26, the club announced Monday.
"Carey is still day-to-day," head coach Michel Therrien confirmed following Monday's practice from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. "As soon as the medical staff feels he's ready to start practicing, he's going to go on the ice, but obviously he was not today."
Price traveled with the team for its four-game Western road trip that begins Monday against the Kings, where Peter Budaj will get his fourth-straight start. Budaj has already helped the team pick up five points out of a possible six since taking over starting duties with Price. Dustin Tokarski from the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League will back up Budaj.
Price can be returned to Montreal's roster as early as Tuesday and he could play against the Ducks in Anaheim on Wednesday if he's ready to return.
Price was hurt last week after facing just one shot at practice. He left the ice in discomfort and appeared to be favouring his leg.
Price has a 26-17-5 record this season for the Canadiens, with a 2.33 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.