Montreal Canadiens fans will have to wait at least three more weeks before they see netminder Carey Price return to action.

Head coach Michel Therrien said following Friday's practice that the team is not expecting the star netminder back before the All-Star break.

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Price last played on Nov. 25, when he left a game against the New York Rangers after aggravating a lower-body injury.

The Canadiens announced on Nov. 30 that Price would miss at least six weeks to recover from the unspecified ailment, which has not required surgery.

Price won the Hart Trophy last season as the NHL's MVP and also claimed the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie after setting career bests in wins (44), shutouts (nine), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933).

This season Price, 28, has a 10-2-0 record with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.06 and a save percentage of .934.

The All-Star weekend goes from January 30-31 in Nashville.