It has been reported that the former Vezina Trophy winner has been dealing with back issues, which has held him out since October 29th. Price left the 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers that night and has missed five games since.
The Canadiens' star went to New York to get a second opinion, but received the same diagnosis. Head coach Michel Therrien admitted that Price was worried after the meeting in New York, but the team is reportedly optimistic that this will not be a long-term injury.
Rookie Mike Condon has taken over for Price since the injury, and the team hasn't skipped a beat. Condon is 4-0-1 in the five games that the starter has missed, allowing just eight goals in that span.
The 25-year-old is 6-0-1 on the year with a 1.57 GAA and a .940 save percentage for Montreal, who is 13-2-1 for a league-best 27 points this season.
The team only has two games this week: at Pittsburgh on Wednesday and home to Colorado on Saturday. Price plans on making the trip with the team for Wednesday's game with his father, as the rest of the team will do the same with their dads. The difference is, it will be Mr. Condon watching his son play in an NHL game for the first time.