The Canadiens, coming off an embarrassing 7-3 loss to the Philadephia Flyers Monday night at the Bell Centre, held an up-tempo practice in Brossard Tuesday morning before flying to Pittsburgh, where they will face the Penguins Wednesday night (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Coach Michel Therrien announced that Peter Budaj will start in goal against the Penguins after replacing Carey Price in each of the last two games. During his last two starts – a 5-1 loss in Toronto Saturday and Monday’s loss to the Flyers – Price has allowed 9 goals on 33 shots.
Price has a 19-10-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. He ranks 21st in the NHL in GAA and 29th in save percentage. Budaj has a 7-1-1 record with a 2.19 GAA and .915 save percentage.
Price will start Thursday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning visits the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Brandon Prust, who sat out Monday’s game after appearing to reinjure his shoulder during Saturday’s loss in Toronto, was on the ice at practice Tuesday and is expected to be in the lineup against the Penguins. Prust would most likely take the spot of Ryan White, who faces an NHL disciplinary hearing after an illegal check to the head of the Flyers’ Kent Huskins.
Michael Ryder took a therapy day Tuesday, while Raphael Diaz, who has been sidelined since Feb. 25 with a concussion, skated while wearing a no-contact jersey.
Therrien said there’s a possibility that defenceman Yannick Weber could return to the lineup in Pittsburgh.
“It’ll be a game-time decision,” the coach said after practice.
The lines at practice were: Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta; Blunden-Halpern-Moen; Gallagher-Desharnais-Pacioretty; Galchenyuk-Eller-Prust; Dumont-White
Defence pairings were: Subban-Gorges; Markov-Bouillon; Drewiske-Weber; Beaulieu-Kaberle; Diaz.
(Photo by Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)