Peter Budaj will be in goal for the Canadiens when they take on the Bruins Monday night in Boston (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
With back-to-back games on the schedule, and the Buffalo Sabres visiting the Bell Centre Tuesday night, coach Michel Therrien decided to split up the goaltending duties between Budaj and Carey Price.
“It’s a challenge not just for Peter but for all our players and we love giving our players a challenge,” Therrien told reporters after the skate. “One of the reasons Peter will be in net tonight is because we want to share the load among our goaltenders. We made the decision that Peter would be in action tonight.”
Lars Eller, who suffered a lower-body injury during Saturday’s win in Toronto, took part in the full morning skate on the fourth line with Dale Weise and Travis Moen. Eller will be a game-time decision, but he looked good in the morning skate.
Michael Bournival, who was called up from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs on the weekend, took part in the morning skate and will also be a game-time decision.
On defence, Douglas Murray was paired with P.K. Subban during the morning skate, while Francis Bouillon spent time with Jarred Tinordi and Andrei Markov was with Alexei Emelin. However, Mike Weaver told reporters after the skate that he would be in the lineup, meaning Tinordi looks to be a healthy scratch.
Tuukka Rask will start in goal for the Bruins, who are on a 12-game winning streak and have already clinched a playoff spot.
“There’s a big difference between winning 12 games in a row in November and doing it in March while teams are battling for playoff spots,” Therrien said about the Bruins. “That’s what impresses me the most about their streak.”
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings are expected to look against the Bruins:
(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)