Habs hit the road on a hot streak; Drewiske clears waivers

After taking five of a possible six points last week with Carey Price on the sidelines, the Canadiens had a travel day Sunday, heading to the West Coast to start a four-game road trip.

The Canadiens play in Los Angeles Monday (10:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690), Anaheim Wednesday (10 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690), Phoenix Thursday (9 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and San Jose Saturday (10 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Their next game at the Bell Centre will be on Wednesday, March 12, against the Boston Bruins.

The Canadiens announced on Sunday morning that Davis Drewiske had been put on waivers. The defenceman cleared waivers on Monday and will report to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Drewiske has yet to play a game this season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Peter Budaj – filling in for Price, who is recovering from a lower-body injury suffered at the Sochi Olympics – made 22 saves in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, improving his record to 2-0-1 since the Olympic break. The Canadiens are 5-0-1 in their last six games.

Budaj has an 8-4-2 record this season with a 2.21 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. Price is 26-17-5 with a 2.33 GAA and .925 save percentage. The Canadiens are giving up an average of 2.40 goals per game, ranking eighth in the NHL. The Kings lead the league, giving up an average of 2.08 goals per game.

“Everyone knows what Carey Price can do, but a lot of people around the league are noticing Peter Budaj,” Max Pacioretty, who scored the OT winner Saturday, told reporters after the game. “He made some big saves early in the third period to keep us in the game.”

Said Budaj: “I’m just trying to do my part. It’s not about the number on the back, it’s the logo in the front that counts.”

Price will accompany the Canadiens on their road trip, but there’s no indication when he will be able to resume playing.

(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)

Canadiens vs. Kings Preview, NHL.com

Budaj playing for logo on front of his jersey, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Habs’ Budaj proves he’s a battler, by Jack Todd

Habs wake up to beat Leafs in OT, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Budaj filling in nicely for Price, by Pat Hickey

Habs vs. Leafs photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Post-game interviews (video), Canadiens.com

War of attrition, Canadiens.com

Leafs go penthouse-doghouse, Toronto Star

Leafs lack depth up front, Toronto Sun

Leafs, Habs playing a dangerous game, Sportsnet.ca

Kings on four-game winning streak, L.A. Times

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1,160 Comments

  1. HabsPooch says:

    @JohnLuTSNMtl: #Habs Price did not practise today. Medical staff is rendering daily treatment but no clearance to skate yet.

  2. on2ndthought says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Tokarski get a start, but if this turns out like the last LA game he’ll be on in relief (I’m calling 2-1 for habs in regulation tonight for absolutely no intellectual reason). He is much like Budaj, I think, and could be a long-time hab back-up to Price/Fucale if my crystal ball is receiving the right wavelengths.

    answers for the Smartdog
    1. DD: value is high, many teams need a playmaking center
    2. 1st rounder and a ready-now prospect
    3.Bourque, I like his play, but he won’t score with MT
    4. Gaborik, but Hemsky would do
    5. not a chance. DD, Gio, Gorges might convince Gillis, but I doubt it.
    “a cannonading drive”

  3. johnnylarue says:

    Notwithstanding the fact that the Western Conference is allegedly SOOOOOOOO much better than ours, I think it bears pointing out that the mighty LA Kings have exactly ONE regulation win more than the Habs this season.

    Which makes this a winnable game, amirite??

  4. PeterD says:

    Reasons why M. Bergevin will not make a club improving deal at this deadline:
    a) he’s happy with the progress his team s making
    b) Habs are 2nd in Division and 3rd in Conference
    c) Won’t trade picks for proven talent…”build thru draft mantra”
    d) Habs currently have no one outside of 5-6 core players anyone is interested…Bourgue, Briere, Boullion…seriously?
    e) He just doesn’t have the stones/cajones/guts or vision to make the gutzy hockey trade needed to address some obvious weak areas of the team…such as secondary scoring.
    f) Believes he’ll get Markov and Gionta signed in the off season for the home town discount because “why would they want to play anywhere else”…

    My thinking is he won’t make the big club improving hockey trade is for all of the reasons above.
    So won’t be holding my breath waiting for the earth shattering news to break.

  5. Forum Dog says:

    Read this article on CBC. Kind of gives you a peek into the mindset that a GM has going into the trade deadline. Nothing earth-shattering, but does help to contextualize what someone like MB might be thinking as 3pm on March 5th creeps closer:

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/jim-nill-set-for-1st-nhl-trade-deadline-as-gm-1.2558162

  6. BriPro says:

    No wonder the poor Leafs are struggling.
    I see the cracks in their system.
    Talk about a Toronto-based identity crisis!

  7. SmartDog says:

    Who’s gonna stay up late tonight…
    …and watch Rob Ford embarrass Toronto on Jimmy Kimmel?

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • johnnylarue says:

      Morbid!

      I think I’ll just wait to read about it in Ford’s suicide letter instead.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Having lived in the GTA for 6 years (UofT) I know that there is NOTHING its good citizens like better than being mentioned in the American media.

      Hey Toronto: they’re laughing at you, not with you.

      • bel33 says:

        @Dipsy… thanks there “tips”.

        Toronto may like to be in the media down south… but not everyone who lives here in the GTA voted for that moron.. and we certainly know how we appear because of that buffoon.

        Edit: He may be on Kimmel tonight… but Jimmy Fallon has mentioned him every night since taking over the Tonight Show. Sigh.

        – I’d buy that for a dollar! -

  8. habzfan2003 says:

    What a gaj, Budaj!

    “I’m just trying to do my part. It’s not about the number on the back, it’s the logo in the front that counts.”

  9. HabsPooch says:

    I’m wondering if Mr. Boone has any insight on any Habs dealings? It’s been pretty quiet…


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