Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Montreal Canadiens will play their next two games without goalie Carey Price, who suffered a lower-body injury.
According to the team, Price left the morning skate early Wednesday and did not return.
“It’s a lower-body injury that he aggravated during the Olympics,” coach Michel Therrien said. “We want to ensure that he’s completely healthy when he returns to the lineup.”
“His situation is one that we’ll be evaluating day by day. We’ll check on his status for practice on Friday ahead of the game on Saturday against the Maple Leafs,” he added.
The Canadiens host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at Bell Centre in their first game after the Olympic break. Price will also miss their game Thursday at the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who was behind the bench for Canada in Sochi, said he was unaware of any injury bothering Price.
Therrien already announced Tuesday backup Peter Budaj would start against the Red Wings. Dustin Tokarski was recalled Wednesday from Hamilton of the American Hockey League.
Price, who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and was named the top goaltender of the tournament after going 5-0-0 with a 0.59 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and two shutouts, reportedly faced one shot on a 5-on-0 power-play and got up favoring his leg.