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Price to return for Canadiens against Penguins

Goaltender hasn't played since Feb. 20 because of concussion

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Carey Price will return for the Montreal Canadiens against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bell Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SN, ATTSN-PT, RDS, NHL.TV).

Price was the backup goaltender behind Antti Niemi in a 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday after missing 13 games with a concussion. Price hasn't played since Feb. 20, when he took a shot off the helmet from Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.

"I wouldn't be playing tomorrow night if I was nervous about the condition of my head, so I'm very confident," Price told the Canadiens website. "You don't know how long those types of things are going to take, but as an athlete you want to try and get back in there as soon as possible."

Though the Canadiens (26-35-12) have lost three straight games and are 18 points behind the New Jersey Devils for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, coach Claude Julien said Price was ready to go.

"Carey absolutely wants to play," Julien said. "He wants to do everything he can to finish strong. We want to see Carey in our net.

"Carey is 100 percent. He feels great. We wouldn't put him in if he wasn't."

Price is 15-22-6 with a 2.98 goals-against average and a save percentage of .904 in 43 games this season. His eight-year, $84 million contract extension begins next season.

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