The Montreal Canadiens will likely be without goaltender Carey Price for at least another month.
Price has been dealing with a lower-body injury he sustained during a November 25 match against the New York Rangers.
The likelihood he will be back on the ice before the All-Star weekend on January 30-31 seems slim.
Since Price has been sidelined, the Canadiens have amassed a 6-12-1 record, with the Florida Panthers passing them for first place in the Atlantic Division.
"We said it would be a minimum of six weeks, so it was a long-term injury," coach Michel Therrien said on Friday.
"When you're dealing with a long-term injury it's always tough to say that he's going to be back on this specific day.
"We need to follow the rehabilitation process and I'm told it's going well."
This season Price has only played in 12 games, but has a 10-2-0 record with two shutouts.