On Wednesday, the 31-year-old said an injury suffered seven weeks ago had nagged him sufficiently to force him to the sidelines for Montreal’s last three games.
Price, who’s in Year 1 of an eight-year, $84-million contract, said the rest was beneficial.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” he added. “Obviously, it’s nice to get some time off and get things settled down and start feeling normal again.”
Thursday’s game will be Price’s first since he made 26 saves in a 4-3 overtime win for the Canadiens over the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 22. It was his eighth win in his 11th December appearance, bringing his record to 15-10-4 on the season.
Thursday’s game will be Price’s second against the Canucks this year. He made 38 saves in a 3-2 win on Nov. 17.
Canadiens forward Joel Armia is also set to return against Vancouver.
Armia, who has three goals and four assists in 15 games, missed 25 games with a lower-body injury. To make room for him on the active roster, the Canadiens placed winger Andrew Shaw on the injured reserve list, retroactive to Dec. 31.
Shaw, who played just 2:09 in a 3-2 overtime win for the Canadiens over the Dallas Stars on New Year’s Eve, has a neck injury, according to Canadiens coach Claude Julien.
“[Shaw] had a neck injury that started giving him headaches, and because of his [concussion] history the trainers wanted to be proactive and cautious and pulled him out of the game and made him see our doctors,” said Julien. “Right now it’s a neck injury that’s giving him headaches, the doctors are not able to confirm a concussion. But it’s being treated in a way where we got to get rid of those headaches, and that’s what we’re going to do. So we’re kind of taking the concussion protocol for that because of his history.”
Shaw, who has 11 goals and 24 points in 36 games this season, has suffered three concussions in the last 18 months.