Price's return boost to Canadiens playoff hopes

Goalie Carey Price will make his first start since the Olympics tonight against the Ottawa...

Goalie Carey Price will make his first start since the Olympics tonight against the Ottawa Senators. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 5:01 PM ET

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price’s injury-enforced post-Olympic break will end tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

Price, who returned from the Sochi Olympics with an unspecified lower-body injury, hasn’t played since leading Canada to the gold medal. He missed eight games after shutting out Sweden 3-0 in the final.

“Price is playing, it’s excellent news,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said on the league’s website. “He had a good day (Friday) and he felt good this morning. It has nothing to do with our record. Carey feels ready to play and he will play tonight.”

The Canadiens went 3-4-1 and allowed 28 goals during Price’s absence. He posted a 26-17-5 record with a 2.33 goals-against average and .925 save percentage before leaving for Sochi.

Price practiced fully Friday, the first time since the Olympics he’s done that. The 90-minute workout opened the door for him to return against the Senators.


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