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Carey Price is out with a lower-body injury, and will not make Florida trip

Price had tweaked in his knee in an earlier game versus the Senators, though it’s not known if this is the same ailment.

Montreal Canadiens v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

After taking part in the Montreal Canadiens’ practice on Thursday, Carey Price left before the end. Afterward, Claude Julien mentioned that he may not be available for the road trip. It has now been announced that Price is out with a lower-body injury.

He had been able to play every game since an incident with the SenatorsBrady Tkachuk, finishing off the pre-Christmas slate with back-to-back wins, including the 300th of his NHL career.

It puts more pressure on a team that tends to have difficulty with the end-of-year road trip even with their MVP in the lineup. The Canadiens will play the Florida Panthers on Friday before a date with perhaps the league’s top club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on Saturday. The road trip will wrap up with a stop in Dallas on New Year’s Eve.

With Price injured, and Charlie Lindgren unavailable at the minor-league level, the Canadiens will likely be calling upon Michael McNiven for his first taste of life at the NHL level. He has been doing well taking over starting duties for the Laval Rocket. Antti Niemi will be expected to start Friday’s game, and likely Saturday’s as well.