The Canadiens practised in Brossard Thursday morning before heading to Washington to face the Capitals Friday night (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Peter Budaj will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. Budaj has posted a 3-1 record this season with a 1.48 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage.
The only player who didn’t take part in the practice was Rene Bourque, who has a lower-body injury and won’t play against the Capitals.
“I have a lot of respect for backup goalies,” Canadiens goaltending coach Stephane Waite told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs this week about Budaj.
“You can sit for seven, 10 days and suddenly you have to go in the net and win the game. That’s a tough job. I’ve always said, if the backup doesn’t play a minimum of .500, you don’t make the playoffs. Most of the time, he’s the reason why you make the playoffs or not.”
Waite added: “Peter has a great attitude, he’s always in a good mood and he works hard because he must. After every practice he does extra time, the first on the ice, the last off. He understands his role, which is very important.”
Following Friday’s game, the Canadiens will return home to face Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
The Hamilton Bulldogs will be at the Bell Centre Friday night when they take on the Syracuse Crunch, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s farm team, in AHL action. Ticket prices start at $15.50 for the 7:30 p.m. start.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the Habs’ practice Thursday:
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