Another blow to the Habs as goalie Jake Allen out eight weeks

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen will be sidelined eight weeks with a lower-body injury.

Allen, 31, sustained the injury during Montreal’s 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Jan. 12.

Allen has served as the primary goaltender for the Canadiens in place of former Hart and Vezina Trophy recipient Carey Price, who has yet to play this season. The team said Monday that Price would have to restart rehabilitation on his surgically repaired knee.

Sam Montembeault and Cayden Primeau are the current goaltenders on Montreal’s active roster.

“With the news that we got today with Jake, Carey being out, it’s a great opportunity for him,” coach Dominque Ducharme said about Montembeault.

Allen owns a 5-16-2 record with a 3.15 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 24 games (all starts) this season.

He is 164-122-33 with a 2.56 GAA and .911 save percentage in 342 career games (322 starts) with the St. Louis Blues (2012-20) and Canadiens.

–Field Level Media