The Price Is Wrong for the Canadiens: Carey Without a Start in 2009

Fred PoulinCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2009

Carey Price has yet to play in 2009, having played his last game on Dec. 30, 2008 in Tampa Bay, earning a 2-1 shootout win. Before going down with a lower-body injury, Price was having a great season, posting a 16-4-5 record with a good 2.30 GAA and a great .921 save percentage.

Originally expected to only miss one week with an unspecified lower-body ailment, Price has been shelved for over two weeks and there is no sign he will be back anytime soon.

Price was back on the ice Monday for about 20 minutes trying to recover from the injury (likely an ankle injury) that he sustained on Dec. 30. Price has also missed part of December battling a cold and another lower-body injury.

It is believed Price won't be back before the All-Star break as the Habs proceed cautiously with their young goalie, while still confident in the strong play of backup Jaroslav Halak lately. 

The Canadiens host Nashville tomorrow before leaving for a three-game road trip with stops in Ottawa, Atlanta, and New Jersey. Since the Senators and Thrashers are not NHL powerhouses, there is no need to rush things with Price, especially since he seems more fragile than the Canadiens expected.

Is the Price right or wrong?