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The Canadians’ Carey Price starts the season for the first time against Islanders on Friday

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will start the 2021-22 season for the first time on Friday against the New York Islanders, coach Martin St. Louis said. The Canadiens goalie has not played in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals since July 5, 2021.

Price, 34, suffered a knee injury earlier this year and has spent time in the NHL/NHLPA joint player assistance program. In January, Price had to restart rehab on his knee, indefinitely incapacitating him.

St. Louis listed Price daily on April 9, signaling that his return was imminent. Last season, Price went 12-7-5 with 2.64 goals against average and a 0.901 percent save rate. He has played 707 career games and recorded 360 wins with a 2.50 GAA and a .917 save rate. In 2015 he won the Hart Trophy and the Vezina Trophy.

The Canadians have a 20-43-11 record and sit bottom in the Atlantic Division.

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