Budaj gets start vs. Bruins; Bourque a healthy scratch

Peter Budaj will be in goal for the Canadiens when they take on the Boston Bruins Wednesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Carey Price took part in the morning skate in Brossard, but will miss his eighth straight game with a lower-body injury suffered at the Sochi Olympics. The Canadiens are 3-3-1 without Price in the lineup.

Defenceman Francis Bouillon will return to the Habs lineup and be paired with P.K. Subban, while Jarred Tinordi will play with Douglas Murray, and Andrei Markov will be with Alexei Emelin. Mike Weaver will be a healthy scratch on defence.

“I have full confidence that Francis Bouillon will be a strong presence for us,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Brossard after the morning skate. “He’s always had a great work ethic and attitude even when he is not playing, and he’s in good enough shape to handle a big workload.”

Forward Brandon Prust, who has recovered from an upper-body injury, also returns to the lineup, while George Parros, Dale Weise and Rene Bourque will be healthy scratches. Michael Bournival, who is still recovering from a concussion, took part in the morning skate wearing a non-contact jersey.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings are expected to look against the Bruins:

Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Galchenyuk-Eller-Briere
Moen-White-Prust

Bouillon-Subban
Markov-Emelin
Murray-Tinordi

We’ll have a new HI/O Show up on the site later this afternoon with Chris Nilan, Dave Stubbs and Stu Cowan focusing on the Bruins-Habs rivalry. Former Hab Nilan will let you know where on his body he has a Bruins tattoo.

(Gazette file photo from Canadiens Hall of Fame)

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312 Comments

  1. sailordan1964 says:

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  2. AH says:

    No Price; Habs have had days off “to rest”; Bruins in town, no Parros in lineup..this has disaster written all over it. And when one of the scum Bruins take a liberty with Vanek and or course Gally, who’s going to step in? Prust? who’s coming off an injury and if he fights could again wreck his shoulders even more?

    MT..sigh.

    • BJ says:

      I try to give MT the benefit of the doubt but quite frankly I doubt there is any benefit in doing so. Stupid decision to keep Parros out.

      • 24andBeyond says:

        If he was in the lineup there would be people complaining about someone who can barely skate taking a spot when we need two points. There is still Tinordi and Murray and White and Moen, not to mention the probably still injured Prust. All of whom can actually play the game


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