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Carey Price skates, won't play Tuesday

Canadiens goaltender remains out with flu, is day to day

by Arpon Basu @arponbasu / Senior Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Goaltender Carey Price will miss a third straight game when the Montreal Canadiens play the Pittsburgh Penguins in their home opener Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN360, TVA Sports, ROOT, NHL.TV).

"He's not 100 percent," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after practice Monday. "He had a pretty good virus. I know people who got this type of a virus, they know it's not taking 24 hours and [then] you feel great. So slowly … basically he's day to day. We'll see how he's going to be with his energy because he lost some weight."

Canadiens backup Al Montoya will start against the Penguins.

"We're all looking forward to this game tomorrow," Montoya said. "It's a new group and we're looking forward to stepping in front of the home fans. For me personally, it's a chance to play at home in front of great fans in a great building."

Price took part in the Canadiens moring skate Tuesday, his first practice since he was diagnosed with a severe case of the flu Oct. 10.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Carey Price is taking part in the morning skate with the rest of the group today. #GoHabsGo

He had skated Monday with goaltending coach Stephane Waite for approximately 40 minutes before leaving the ice as the Canadiens were about to begin practice. He also worked out off the ice with teammates prior to practice.

"He's obviously doing better than he was doing before, but this is just one step," Therrien said. "He came to work out [Sunday] a bit here in the gym, and as you saw he got back on the ice [Monday], which is good news. He's going in the right direction, which is encouraging news."

Price missed Montreal's first two games of the regular season, a 4-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and a 4-3 shootout loss at the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Montoya is 1-0-1 with a 1.92 goals against average and a .942 save percentage.

"He's been great," Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber said. "I think you guys have seen how good he's been. He's been real solid for us. Obviously it's a nice guy to have back there when Price is not feeling so well, a guy that can step up and do the job that he's done."

Price last was on the ice Oct. 9. The Canadiens announced Oct. 14 that Price had the flu with a fever, and that he was taking antibiotics and was being evaluated by team physician Dr. David Mulder.

The last game Price played for the Canadiens was Nov. 25, 2015, when he sustained a season-ending sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Price started last month for Team Canada in its run to the championship of the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

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