Carey Price is expected to return to Montreal Canadiens soon

Montreal Canadiens star goaltender Carey Price is expected to exit the NHL/NHLPA’s player assistance program on Saturday, coach Dominique Ducharme said.

“We haven’t had it confirmed yet but we’re expecting him to be in town soon,” Ducharme said, “but we don’t have an exact date.”

The 34-year-old Price underwent knee surgery on July 22 and entered the program on Oct. 7.

Started as a jointly funded effort in 1996, the player assistance program offers support for players and their families dealing with mental health, substance abuse and other issues.

The former Hart and Vezina Trophy recipient owns a 360-257-79 record with 49 shutouts, a .917 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average in 707 games (695 starts) since Montreal drafted him No. 5 overall in 2005.

The Canadiens (2-8-0) have struggled out of the gate following a season-opening five-game losing skid. They host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

–Field Level Media