Canadiens backup Al Montoya, who last appeared in Montreal’s 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets last Saturday, is joining starter Carey Price on the injured list. The team announced Montoya has an upper-body ailment.
In three starts this season, Montoya has a 2-1 record with an .863 save percentage and a 3.77 goals-against average. He participated in Canadiens practice throughout the week but was not available for Friday’s optional skate.
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And Price, who hasn’t played since Nov. 2, skated for a third straight day in full equipment, fielding shots from goaltending coach Stephane Waite.
Goaltender Charlie Lindgren is 2-1 in Price’s absence, sporting a .961 save percentage and a 1.35 goals-against average. He’ll be the starter for Montreal on Saturday, when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Bell Centre.