Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme told reporters Thursday that goaltender Carey Price will not be available until next week because of a lower-body injury.
Price did not make the trip to Toronto for the Canadiens' matchup with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, instead staying in Montreal for treatment.
Ducharme said Thursday that Price's injury got a little worse, so the team does not want to aggravate it. Price will rest and stay off the ice a little longer.
He added that goaltender Cayden Primeau might see some game action depending on how long Price is out.
#Habs Ducharme says Price’s injury got a little worse, so the team doesn’t want to aggravate it. Therefore, Price will rest and stay off the ice a little longer. Ducharme adds that Primeau might get some game action. @TSN_Edge— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) April 8, 2021
The 33-year-old Price has a 2.66 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage in 23 appearances so far this season.
Jake Allen will get the start in net Thursday evening against the Winnipeg Jets.
Following Thursday's matchup, the Habs will be back in action Saturday also against the Jets.