The Canadiens don’t have much time to lick their wounds following Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia. They’re back in action Thursday night at the Bell Centre against the Winnipeg Jets (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, TSN Radio 690).
“They got four pretty lucky goals in my opinion, but I don’t think we played well enough to win regardless of the bounces,” Canadiens goaltender Carey Price told reporters after the game in Philadelphia. “I think we definitely could have played better collectively as a group, but you can’t play perfect every game.”
Peter Budaj will be in goal for the Canadiens against the Jets with his parents watching in the stands. Coach Michel Therrien admitted before Wednedsay’s game that the fact the goaltender’s parents are in town played a role in his decision to give Budaj the start, but added that Budaj has been playing well and deserves a start. Budaj has a 5-1-1 record with one shutout, a 2.47 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. He also has a five-game winning streak.
The Canadiens didn’t hold a morning skate Thursday so there were no official injury updates. The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs reported on Twitter that Tomas Plekanec is day-to-day with a groin injury and is doubtful at best to face the Jets, while Max Pacioretty’s status is unclear after taking a hard shot off the foot in Philadelphia. Pacioretty finished the game.
The Canadiens recalled forward Gabriel Dumont from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs Thursday morning. Dumont has played eight games with the Habs this season, picking up two assists. Dumont leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 16-15-31 totals in 55 games.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have signed forward Charles Hudon to an amateur tryout contract. The 18-year-old played 56 games with the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens this season, posting 30-41-71 totals and a plus-15 in 56 games. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder was selected by the Canadiens in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2012 NHL entry draft.
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