Canadiens star G Carey Price ruled out through All-Star break
Reigning Vezina- and Hart-winning goaltender Carey Price will not return to the crease for the Montreal Canadiens until after the All-Star Break, according to Montreal coach Michel Therrien.
#Habs Therrien says the team is not expecting Price back before the All Star break.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) January 8, 2016
The news is a serious blow for the Canadiens, who are 6-12-1 since Price went down with a lower-body injury on Nov. 25. The Canadiens originally said Price would be absent for six weeks, but given that the All-Star festivities take place Jan. 30-31, Price will miss a little more than two months should he return immediately after the All-Star Break.
The goaltender originally suffered the injury on Oct. 29 and missed the first three weeks of November before a brief return. He re-aggravated the injury during the Nov. 25 game against the New York Rangers.
Goalies Mike Condon and Ben Scrivens will continue to handle the netminding duties in Price's absence, as former backup goaltender Dustin Tokarski was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. Condon has shouldered the majority of the goaltending duties while Price has been out and is 5-7-1 in that time. He has wins in his last three consecutive starts.
Montreal fans are understandably not taking the news well that their star goaltender will miss more time.
The Canadiens have eight games remaining -- including two pairs of back-to-back games -- ahead of the All-Star break.