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Canadiens' Pacioretty to return ahead of schedule

MONTREAL, QC - MAY 19: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against Anton Stralman #6 of the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on May 19, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. The Rangers defeated the Canadiens 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Anton Stralman; Max Pacioretty

MONTREAL, QC - MAY 19: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against Anton Stralman #6 of the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on May 19, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. The Rangers defeated the Canadiens 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Anton Stralman; Max Pacioretty

The new Montreal Canadiens captain is well ahead of schedule in his recovery for his offseason knee injury.

In July, Pacioretty's recovery time was projected to be around 12 weeks. But now, Pacioretty is set to play in his first preseason game.

Last year, Pacioretty scored 37 goals, good for fifth in the NHL. Pacioretty has become one of the best goal scorers in the NHL. In fact, according to Quant Hockey, Pacioretty has the fifth-most goals in the league in the last four seasons, with 124.

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