Budaj gets Wednesday start vs. Red Wings (with video)


From Slovakia with love: Peter Budaj, back from the Olympics, starts Wednesday at the Bell Centre vs the Detroit Red Wings.
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The Canadiens took another step Tuesday toward returning to their post-Olympic season, practising at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard for Wednesday’s game vs. the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Goaltender Peter Budaj will get the start in goal for the Habs, Olympic hero Carey Price having been given the day off on Tuesday. Price should take part in the team’s morning skate Wednesday, but Budaj gets the starting assignment, according to head coach Michel Therrien.

Also missing from practice Tuesday was Team Canada defenceman P.K. Subban, also entitled to a day away per the NHL’s CBA. Brandon Prust (upper-body) skated after the Brossard practice, while Michaël Bournival (concussion-like symptoms) skated before the 11 am practice.

Look for Alex Galchenyuk and Travis Moen both to be in the Canadiens’ lineup vs the Red Wings, uncustomarily in a battle for a playoff berth.

“I would like to congratulate Hockey Canada for their gold medals in the men’s and the women’s tournament, as well,” Therrien said in his post-practice news briefing. “That was really impressive. I really liked the way both teams played.

“I would like to congratulate the management staff, the coaches and especially the players on both teams. I was watching the games and I was really proud to be Canadian.”

Therrien won’t have to look far to find some of that management on Wednesday; Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock will be behind the Red Wings bench.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice:



After Wednesday’s game, the Canadiens travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins Thursday (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The Toronto Maple Leafs will visit the Bell Centre Saturday (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Let the games begin for Canadiens, by Pat Hickey

Practice notebook, Canadiens.com

Markov says Russians aren’t looking for excuses, by Dave Stubbs

Best time for Canadiens to trade Markov is now, The Hockey News

TradeCentre Reports, TSN.ca

Maple Leafs back in training-camp mode, montrealgazette.com


  1. habsfor25 says:

    Saw Galchynuk and Gallagher partying it up Saturday at buonanotte and with two beautiful ladies might I add. Oh the life these youngsters are living in montreal. Very friendly and polite when greeted

  2. Danno says:

    Who is tonight’s backup goalie?


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  3. Storm Man says:

    Pricer is fine

  4. Prop says:

    Great, now Price is going to be labelled as “injury prone”


  5. sprague cleghorn says:

    Gord Miller ‏@GMillerTSN 11m

    Optional practice for the Canadiens this morning, Carey Price faced one shot and then left the ice, appeared to be favoring his leg.

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  6. sprague cleghorn says:

    Renaud Lavoie ‏@LavoieRenaud 1m

    #canadiens Carey Price left morning skate. Possible injury. We’ll know more after practice.

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  7. Storm Man says:

    Yup big lotto on Friday

  8. DipsyDoodler says:

    In fairness to hockey pundits, it is a difficult job.

    With the Internet and cable, everyone has seen the games. We know who won and lost and how they did it. We have seen all the replays. And if we haven’t it’s because we don’t care. What can they add? “You gotta go to the net”?

    Consider also that most TV commentators nowadays played the game and suffered varying amounts of brain damage, and you see their difficulty.

    To make things worse, it’s hockey. While you can have a certain amount of thoughtful analysis about many sports, hockey is really guys on skates chasing a puck. The EOTP crew crack me up when they think they’ve pinpointed the problem with the Habs being that Therrien “decided” to go to a dump and chase system rather than a carry the puck system. Yeah, it’s a strategy.

  9. Storm Man says:

    What’s all this weber talk?

  10. mdp2011 says:

    Well this is not starting well.

    Gord Miller ‏@GMillerTSN 3m
    Optional practice for the Canadiens this morning, Carey Price faced one shot and then left the ice, appeared to be favoring his leg.

    Gord Miller ‏@GMillerTSN 1m
    Correction: not an optional for the Canadiens, everyone on the ice now, Price has not returned.

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