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Carey Price, Andrei Markov might miss Montreal’s season opener against Toronto

Carey Price

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) replaces teammate Jaroslav Halak in goal dduring the third period of Game 1 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Pittsburgh, Friday, April 30, 2010. The Penguins won 6-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


There are many telltale signs that hockey season - and cold weather time - is approaching.

Unfortunately, one of those signals happens to be an increase in flu symptoms among players and people alike. The Canadian Press reports that Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price might miss Thursday’s regular season opener against the Maple Leafs in Toronto because of his sickness.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is sick with the flu and might not play in Montreal’s NHL season opener Thursday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

Price and injured defenceman Andrei Markov, who is also sick, did not take part in practice Wednesday.

Backup Alex Auld would probably start if Price cannot play, but there is no word on whether or not Curtis Sanford will receive a brief call-up from the AHL to serve as Auld’s temporary No. 2.

It’s not set in stone that Price will miss the game, but this is why you invest in a solid, steady second goalie such as Auld.