Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has a lower-body injury and will not play against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).
The Canadiens called the injury minor and said the decision to keep Price out Saturday was a preventative measure.
"Carey suffered a minor injury and will be evaluated on a daily basis," coach Claude Julien told the Canadiens website.. "We are going to be recalling a goaltender for precautionary reasons because we don't know what Carey's situation will be tomorrow. So again, that signifies the fact that he's got a minor injury.
"I don't know [when Price was injured]. I just know that this morning my trainer advised me that he wasn't 100 percent."
Al Montoya will start against the Jets.
"I prepare every day like I'm playing," said Montoya, 1-1-0 with a 3.77 goals-against average in three games this season. "The past couple of games have felt good fo me and I look forward to getting back in there and getting the ball rolling."
Price is 3-7-1 with a 3.77 GAA and .877 save percentage in 11 games. He has allowed at least four goals in three straight games.
Montreal recalled Charlie Lindgren from Laval of the American Hockey League to be Montoya's backup. Lindgren, 23, is 3-3-2 with a 3.53 GAA and .885 save percentage in nine games. He has three games of NHL experience, including two games last season when he went 2-0-0 with a 1.48 GAA and .949 save percentage.