The Montreal Canadiens announced that goaltender Carey Price is injured and will not travel with the team to Toronto. There are no further details or timeframe on Price’s return. He will miss the pivotal game Wednesday between the two Original Six rivals.
MON announces Carey Price will not go to TOR. Was injured last night, stayed in game. Cayden Primeau joins team. Hope is it’s not a severe problem.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 6, 2021
Carey Price Injured
Price appeared to be injured in the 2nd period of Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. He got tangled up with Oilers forward Josh Archibald and came up favouring his leg. He did remain in the game, making 21 stops in the Canadiens 3-2 overtime win.
Price has been having a down season, by his rather lofty standards. He sports a 12-6-5 record with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. That is the second-lowest save percentage of his impressive 14-year career.
Over his career, he has played 705 games, all with the Canadiens. He has a 360-256-79 record a 2.50 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
On Monday coach Dominique Ducharme said “He is getting it checked out. We don’t think it is very serious.”
Carey Price will not travel with the Canadiens when they visit the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. The goalie will remain in Montreal to get treatment for an undisclosed injury. More from the NHL Buzz. https://t.co/njODEWtIUs
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) April 6, 2021
The Montreal Canadiens recalled goalie Cayden Primeau from Laval in the American Hockey League. He is now on the taxi squad. Backup Jake Allen will handle the duties until Price is able to return. Allen has been solid in relief of this season, at least by his numbers. In 12 appearances he has a 2.23 goals against average and .922 save percentage. This has only translated into a 5-3-4 record however.
North Division Playoff Race
The Montreal Canadiens (17-9-9) sit comfortably in fourth place in the North Division. They are eight points clear of the fifth place Vancouver Canucks with tow games in hand. They have also played four less games than the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Oilers. These upcoming games are important as Montreal tries to improve their playoff position, just five and six points back of the Oilers and Jets.
After Wednesday’s game against at Toronto, Montreal travels back home for two games vs Winnipeg. They then play host to Toronto for one game, and the Calgary Flames for the next two.