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Healthy Price just one reason Canada favored

The rust that goalie Carey Price showed Friday in his first start since Nov. 25 isn’t likely to cause restless nights for Coach Mike Babcock or Team Canada’s players.

“I would think you would sleep like a baby if you had him,” Babcock said before watching Montreal Canadiens star give up three goals in a 4-2 loss to USA in a World Cup pre-tournament game.

Despite missing most of last season with a knee injury, Price is projected to be Canada’s starter when the World Cup of Hockey begins Sept. 17 in Toronto. Price’s post-game analysis of his return from injury was that he still has “more work to do” to regain the form he had when he was the NHL’s Most Valuable Player in 2014-15.

Teammates say Price has looked dominant in practice this week. “He’s making saves that not too many goalies can make,” said Canada defenseman Drew Doughty.

Price’s restored health is one of several reasons why Canada is considered the favorite to win the first World Cup played since 2004:

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