Carey Price to make first start since Olympics Saturday night

Carey Price will return to the Habs lineup Saturday. (USATSI)
Carey Price will return to the Habs lineup Saturday. (USATSI)

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For the first time since before the Olympics, Carey Price will be between the pipes for the Montreal Canadiens. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed the Habs No. 1 goalie will be back in the lineup and starting against the Ottawa Senators Saturday night.

Price aggravated a lower-body injury in his second practice back after backstopping Canada to its second consecutive Olympic gold medal as the team’s starter. He hasn’t been in the Habs lineup since Feb. 8, when he made 31 saves in a win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

This is a big boost for Montreal, a team that has been middling without its starter. The Habs are in a tight playoff race for the last of the divisional playoff spots in the Atlantic, currently edged by the Tampa Bay Lightning for the third spot, while looking pretty good for at least a wild card spot.

Price has a 26-17-5 record, .925 save percentage, 2.33 goals-against average and four shutouts in 48 appearances this year. He has said repeatedly he wanted to get back to 100 percent for the stretch run and as he got more work in practice, this day seemed rather close. With 15 games left in the season for Montreal, his return comes at just the right time.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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