Carey Price will start Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators, with Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme stating it's too early in the season to adopt a merit-based system with his goaltenders.

Backup Jake Allen has outplayed Price to this point and is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets, but Ducharme said he will continue to take the situation one day at a time.

"With the goaltenders, it’s too early to go and say, ‘It’s going to be that way,’" said Ducharme following Tuesday's practice. "I think it’s a feel right now and we’ll take it day by day."

Price has allowed at least four goals in each of his last three starts and his .888 save percentage is on track to be the worst of his career in a single season. Allen, acquired from the St. Louis Blues last fall, has a 2.12 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.