Max Pacioretty could play on Thursday

Max Pacioretty could play on Thursday

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The Carolina Hurricanes removed forward Max Pacioretty from the injured list on Wednesday. 

Former Canadiens captain Montreal could therefore play its first game of the season and its first confrontation in a “Canes” uniform on Thursday evening, when the Nashville Predators will be at the PNC Arena.

Pacioretty underwent surgery to heal a torn Achilles tendon on August 10, after being injured during summer training. Just under a month earlier, the American was obtained by the Hurricanes from the Vegas Golden Knights in return for future considerations.

The 34-year-old forward scored 19 goals and provided 18 assists for 37 points in 39 games with the “Golden Knights” in 2021-2022. Pacioretty had been forced to miss more than half of this season due to a lower-body injury and wrist surgery.

Selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the draft 2007 by the Habs, Pacioretty played the first 10 campaigns of his professional career with the Montreal organization. He had 323 goals and 319 assists for 642 points in 850 National League games.