Michel Therrien was being secretive about who will be in his lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690), but he did concede that goaltender Carey Price will miss his eighth consecutive game.

“Maybe Saturday,” Therrien said when asked about Price’s state of readiness.

Therrien said Price had a good day Tuesday, but in reality it’s difficult to tell where Price is in his recovery from a lower-body injury because his activity during a rare Bell Centre practice was limited.

The goaltender, who was injured while leading Team Canada to a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics, took some shots from goalie coach Stéphane Waite while his teammates did some much-needed work on the power play and took shots from his teammates during the final 10 minutes of the session. Price appeared to be moving well, but Therrien seems reluctant to rush the goaltender.

The Canadiens have managed a 3-3-1 record since Price returned from the Olympics, but they go into the Boston game after going 1-3 on a swing through the Western U.S. Therrien’s goaltending decision is between Peter Budaj, who is on a three-game losing streak, and Dustin Tokarski, who stole a couple of points in Montreal’s shootout win last week in Anaheim.

While Budaj has a save percentage of .849 in his last five starts, there are other numbers that might influence Therrien’s decision for the Boston game. Budaj made 34 saves on Jan. 30 when the Canadiens beat the Bruins 4-1 in Boston and has a 4-1-0 career record against the Bruins.

The Canadiens have another hole in their defence with Josh Gorges on the sidelines for a month after surgery Monday on a broken hand. Heading into Tuesday’s NHL action, the Canadiens had dropped to 10th in the league in goals against with an average of 2.47 per game, which isn’t good enough when they have to compensate for an offence that ranked 23rd at 2.44 goals a game.

The Canadiens are hoping newcomer Thomas Vanek will add some pop to the offence, but he has gone two games without a point as he adjusts to new linemates and new surroundings after being acquired from the New York Islanders at last Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.

Vanek started his Montreal experience on left wing with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, but Therrien moved him to right wing on a line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty in the latter stages of Saturday’s 4-0 loss in San Jose.

Therrien said Vanek will be back on the Plekanec line against the Bruins, shrugging off a suggestion Vanek might not be a good fit on a line that is often used in a shutdown role.