The Montreal Canadians goaltender Carey Price received a lower-body injury during a game against the Minnesota Wild, placing him on the injured list. Carey Price later played in the game and his injury progressively got worse. After the game he was put on the injured list. His injury was categorised as a “lower-body injury”. That’s all the information that has been released to the public.
In a recent interview, Carey Price has said, “it’s just taking a little bit longer than expected just because of the nature of my position, so I just want to make sure I’m 100 per cent and can do my job to the best of my ability when I come back so I’m going to make sure to take my time with it and it won’t be very long.”
Prior to getting hurt, Price has struggled greatly this season, with a 3-7-1 record, 3.77 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage. The Canadiens currently sit sixth in the Atlantic Division at 8-12-2 after a 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars November 21st.
Until Price returns to the lineup, the backup goalie will be Antti Niemi who the Montreal Canadiens picked up off waivers from the Florida Panthers. A native of Vantaa, Finland, Niemi has played for the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Panthers.
Adding to the pressure of having to get back into the race is the Price injury and the team’s sudden reliance on Charlie Lindgren. With Al Montoya out, too, Niemi may have to play an important game or two.
Should the injury bug strike Lindgren too, suddenly this year’s worst goalie in the NHL would be center stage in one of the league’s most electric markets.