Price left Monday’s game after one period of play and was replaced with Jake Allen, observers unclear on why he was unable to finish the tilt after being told he would not return.
After the game, Ducharme said an upper-body injury forced the star netminder to the sidelines. Ducharme also noted that Price’s injury wasn’t a case of re-aggravating a previous ailment, but rather, that he was injured during a collision with Edmonton’s Alex Chaisson earlier in the period.
Price, who returned last Saturday from a six-game absence related to a lower-body injury, has a 12-6-5 record with a .903 save percentage this season.
Allen posted a 2-4-0 record during Price’s last stretch of missed action, and finished Monday’s game with 25 saves on 28 shots through two periods of action.