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Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price set to make season debut

Oct 7, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) drinks during the third period against Ottawa Senators at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will make his season debut Friday night against the visiting New York Islanders.

Price, 34, has undergone treatment for his mental health and been in recovery from knee surgery since his last appearance in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

The 2014-15 Hart Memorial Trophy and Vezina Trophy winner has played his entire 15-year career with Montreal, compiling a 360-257-79 record with 49 shutouts, a .917 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average.

He had knee surgery on July 23, about two weeks after the Canadiens lost the decisive Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Before the start of the 2021-22 season, Price voluntarily entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program to address his mental health. He said in a statement in November that he’d let himself “get to a very dark place” and entered a residential treatment facility for substance use.

He returned to the team in November to resume his injury rehab before the Canadiens had to shut down team activities in early January due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Price contracted the coronavirus during that time.

On Jan. 17, Montreal announced Price would need to restart his rehab but there was no timetable for his return.

The Canadiens (20-43-11, 51 points) open a four-game homestand against the Islanders. Montreal has eight games left in the regular season.

–Field Level Media