Price out for Canadiens on Wednesday with lower-body injury


Carey Price is day to day with a lower-body injury and will not travel with the Montreal Canadiens when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, RDS).

The goalie made 21 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. He appeared to be in discomfort in the second period but remained in the game.

“It was not one specific play,” Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said Tuesday. “It’s something that has been carrying on for a little bit of time. We just want to make sure he can take care of it and come back being 100 percent.”

Price will remain in Montreal for treatment but has not been ruled out for when the Canadiens host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

“The info we have is it’s not something that is dangerous for his season or career,” Ducharme said. “We’re going to know more … in a couple days. … The chances of Carey playing against Winnipeg, it’s hard to tell right now because we need to see how he reacts after a couple days. But yeah, there’s a chance that Jake (Allen) will play both games.”

Price is 12-6-5 with a 2.66 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and one shutout in 23 games this season.

Allen will start against the Maple Leafs. He is 5-3-4 with a 2.23 GAA and .922 save percentage in 12 games.

“Nothing changes for me,” Allen said. “Carey, he’s done a great job for us and now I get a chance to go in there and play a couple of games and have some fun with it. I’m preparing the same way as I would whether I’m playing or not playing. It really doesn’t change for me. … I’m looking forward to getting back in there tomorrow against a good team. I haven’t faced Toronto yet, so it’ll be fun.”

Cayden Primeau was recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League and placed on the taxi squad. He could back up Allen on Tuesday. columnist Dave Stubbs and independent correspondent Sean Farrell contributed to this report

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