BROSSARD - Carey Price didn't hit the ice with goaltending coach Stephane Waite on Tuesday, electing instead to put his rehab work on hold for a few days and get some rest.
While the Canadiens took part in the morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex, the 30-year-old netminder provided an update on his health status as he continues to battle a minor lower-body injury.
"It wasn't getting better, it was just getting stagnant. I decided to give it a rest for a couple of days and reassess it in a couple of days," said Price, who has been rehabbing with Waite on a daily basis on the South Shore. "I'm just making sure that it's properly taken care of."
Video: Carey Price gives an update on his injury
Price indicated that the injury occurred during the pre-game warmup at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota on November 2. He felt fine during the game itself, but then woke up the next morning in Winnipeg feeling some discomfort.
Price confirmed that his current injury is completely unrelated to the right knee injury he dealt with during the 2015-16 campaign.
Admittedly, the 11-year NHL veteran didn't expect to be sidelined this long. He believes, however, that he'll be back in uniform sooner rather than later.
"It's been a little bit longer than expected. I expected it to be within the two-week range," said Price, who isn't seeking a second opinion on his injury. "I just want to make sure that I'm 100% and that I can do my job to the best of my ability when I come back. I'm going to make sure I take my time with it. It won't be very long."
Taking extra precautions has a lot to do with the nature of his position.
"A goaltender goes to such extreme ranges that in order to perform to the best of your ability and be a body contortionist, you need that full range," mentioned Price. "I haven't quite gotten there yet."
If the Canadiens were playing a playoff game on Tuesday night instead of taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets in game 19 of the regular season, though, would Price be able to play?
"Absolutely," said Price, which is undoubtedly an encouraging sign.
Fortunately, 23-year-old Charlie Lindgren has been brilliant in between the pipes in Price's absence and the five-time All-Star has certainly taken notice.
"Charlie is playing great and it's definitely buying me more time," indicated Price, on his younger counterpart. "He's doing very well. He's got a great demeanor about himself and prepares himself well for games. It's good to see somebody step up and perform in a tough spot."