From Slovakia with love: Peter Budaj, back from the Olympics, starts Wednesday at the Bell Centre vs the Detroit Red Wings.
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).