Carey Price has yet to contest an NHL game this season as an untimely battle with the flu has kept him out of the Montreal Canadiens' first two games. According to Arpon Basu with, Price's playing status won'tchange on Tuesday when Montreal host the Pittsburgh Penguins: "Canadiens goaltender skates for first time since getting flu but won't play against Penguins" (October 17th).

Al Montoya called upon again

Tuesday's game is Montreal's home opener, one that is scheduled for 7:30pm ET. Through their first two road games the Habs have gone 1-0-1 with a win at Buffalo and an overtime loss in Ottawa.

Al Montoya, Montreal's back-up goaltender, has played every minutes of the Canadiens' opening two games thus far. He has been effective, posting a 1.92 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage between the pipes.

Price, who has had the flu for just over a week now, may return to the lineup for Thursday's game still. The fact that he has been skating suggests that he is at the tail end of his illness. The Canadiens will face the Arizona Coyotes in a game from downtown Montreal later this week. After that they head out on the road to face the Boston Bruins on Saturday in a 7pm ET game. It would be surprising if Price hadn't made his season debut by the end of next weekend.

Price not alone on sidelines

But he is just one of the big names that has missed time in the NHL season so far. Sidney Crosby has yet to play as he is following concussion protocol at the moment. As per the last update with him, he remains "day-to-day" according to Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan:"He skated (October 14th)with our skills coach," Sullivan stated to a few days ago.

"He's making progress. But he's still day-to-day."

Jack Eichel is another big-name player that has not played as of yet. The Buffalo Sabres' center suffered a lower-body injury last week in practice.Furthermore, Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins has not played yet.The news with him has been positive of late and his season debut seems as though it may be imminent.

Another famous player with health issues early in this season is Jonathan Quick, the goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings.

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