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Update on Carey Price - October 17

The Canadiens' No. 31 skated for the first time on Monday since coming down with the flu, but will not play against Pittsburgh

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl /

Price skates with Stephane Waite

Carey Price gets back to work

Carey Price skates with Stephane Waite prior to the start of practice

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BROSSARD - Carey Price, who has already missed the first two games of the season with a severe flu virus, hit the ice with goaltending coach Stephane Waite for a brief workout at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday.

It marked the first time that the four-time All-Star had skated since feeling ill. Price remained on the ice for approximately 30 minutes with Waite, before heading for the dressing room prior to the start of the formal practice session.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Carey Price patine avec St��phane Waite ce matin. // @CP0031 skating with Stephane Waite this morning. #GoHabsGo

In his post-practice press conference, head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Price wouldn't be available for Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins as he continues his recovery. In his absence, Al Montoya will make his third consecutive start between the pipes, while Charlie Lindgren will serve as his backup.

"It's only the first step [with Carey skating with Stephane Waite]. Yesterday [Sunday], he started to feel a little bit better. He came in and did a little workout in the gym. Today were his first steps on the ice. For sure, he's not 100 percent," said Therrien, on the subject of Price's health status. "With that kind of virus, it's not only 24 hours and then you feel great. It takes time. We'll see tomorrow. He's day-to-day."

The Canadiens' bench boss indicated that the team isn't rushing Price back until he is fully healthy, noting that the veteran netminder has lost some weight as a result of the virus. He indicated that Price's recovery is progressing, though, and he's taking the necessary steps to get back to work soon.

"He's going to play when he's going to be 100 percent - his energy level, his weight, everything. You're playing in the NHL, you're facing great hockey players and you need to be on top of your game, otherwise you can't play," explained Therrien. "We hope that he's going to get better every day and we'll go from there."

Other news and notes from practice: 

- Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev draws back into the lineup on Tuesday night, while Greg Pateryn will be a healthy scratch. Sergachev, who was paired with Alexei Emelin at practice, will be playing in front of his parents and sister at the Bell Centre. They are making the trip from Russia and will arrive in Montreal on Monday afternoon.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: .@sergachev31 will be back in the lineup for the home-opener - and his parents and sister will be in attendance, flying in from Russia.

Lines and D pairings at practice:

Pacioretty - Galchenyuk - Gallagher
Lehkonen - Plekanec - Radulov
Carr - Desharnais - Shaw
Byron - Mitchell - Danault

Beaulieu - Weber
Markov - Petry
Emelin - Sergachev
Pateryn - Redmond


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