Canadiens' Ducharme: Price 'needs a bit of time,' should be back next week

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price steps onto the ice during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Graham Hughes/CP)

Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme says injured goaltender Carey Price still "needs a bit of time" but should be back next week.

Ducharme told reporters on Thursday the team wants to be careful with Price to avoid getting "into a situation where it gets too bad and he would be missing a long time."

Price did not travel with the Canadiens to Toronto for Wednesday night's game against the Maple Leafs, staying in Montreal to receive treatment on a lingering injury. Jake Allen started the game in Price's absence as the Canadiens fell 3-2 to the Leafs.

In 23 starts this season, Price is 12-6-5 with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.

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