The Montreal Canadiens have been without Carey Price for the past six weeks, and the superstar netminder doesn’t appear to be any closer to a return.
According to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Price won’t be returning to the Montreal lineup before the All-Star Game, which is scheduled to take place in Nashville on Jan. 31. Price, 28, was originally slated to miss six weeks with the lower-body injury that sidelined him in late November, but Therrien’s update means Price’s time on the shelf could extend beyond nine weeks.
"We said it would be a minimum of six weeks, so it was a long-term injury," Therrien said, via NHL.com’s Arpon Basu. "When you're dealing with a long-term injury it's always tough to say that he's going to be back on this specific day. We need to follow the rehabilitation process and I'm told it's going well.”
Price hasn’t joined the team in practice since his injury, and has played only 12 games this season. In his appearances, Price has a 10-2-0 record, two shutouts, 2.06 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
It’s up to more than Price to contribute to the Canadiens’ success, but Montreal could sorely use him back in the lineup to start to string some wins together.
Since Price went down for a second time this season, the Canadiens��� record has been ugly. Montreal is 6-12-1 in the 19 games since Nov. 27 when Price left following the second period of a Canadiens victory over the New York Rangers. When Price fell injured against the Rangers, Montreal had a seven-point lead atop the Atlantic Division. As of Friday, they trail the Florida Panthers by five points for top spot in the division.
The Canadiens’ first games back following the all-star break are Feb. 2 when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers and Feb. 3 when they host the Buffalo Sabres.