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Canadiens goalie Carey Price doubtful for opener against Leafs due to illness

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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price arrives for his medical as the team starts its full training camp Friday Sept. 17, 2010 in Brossard, Quebec. Price is sick with the flu and is doubtful to play in Montreal\'s NHL season opener Thursday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Author: The Hockey News

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Canadiens goalie Carey Price doubtful for opener against Leafs due to illness

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CLERMONT, Que. - Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has the flu and is doubtful for Montreal's regular-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 netminder Alex Auld is expected to play if Price is unavailable. The club has yet to decide whether to call up Curtis Sanford from AHL Hamilton as a backup.

Price, 23, is expected to be the team's regular starter this season after playoff star Jaroslav Halak was dealt to St. Louis last June.

Price was inconsistent last season and saw only spot duty during the Canadiens' best post-season run since the last of their 24 Stanley Cup triumphs in 1993.

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Canadiens goalie Carey Price doubtful for opener against Leafs due to illness