Habs will start Budaj in goal against Bruins

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)

Habs vs. Bruins preview, NHL.com

Game Day report, Canadiens.com

Morning skate interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Game notes

Price still ‘work in progress’ as Habs get set for Bruins, TSN.ca

Habs eager to halt Bruins’ streak, ESPN.com

Bruins keep rolling as postseason approaches, NHL.com

Fun with numbers: 12 game winning streak, Boston.com

Chris Nilan weighs in on Habs-Bruins rivalry, HI/O Show

Devils send Maple Leafs to fifth straight loss, NHL.com

Bulldogs start nine-game road trip, hamiltonbulldogs.com



  1. Lambertod says:

    Vanek starting to learn the Canadiens way… play with a broken stick… he’ll probably have to make a trip to the swimming pool for diving lessons.

  2. thejackal says:

    Why is backup (Budaj) starting against top team in conference?? And price against worst team in NHL tomorrow night?!?

  3. Alvin says:

    Bruins are by far the best team in the NHL right now.
    Montreal will not present the slightest problem.
    My only fear is a slap down like the other one when blood flowed and mothers cried.

  4. ffenliv says:

    Is it just me, or do people generally expect too much too soon from draft picks?

    Is Therrien a scrub for not giving Galchenyuk a season-long audition at a difficult position, or is he breaking him in to the NHL gently, in a way that hopefully paves the way for future success? Not many draft picks are Crosbys and Mackinnons, who make an impact as soon as they throw on the sweater.

    They’re on a slower points pace this year, but god only knows where that season would have gone with their late-season swoon. No one can say.

    They’re on a respectable pace this year for nearly 100 points – for me, the measure of a ‘good’ regular season, and a decent position heading into the playoffs. Even with the slower pace in the standings, I’d argue that the team overall is better. Price has really come into his own, we’ve seen what might be the future in Beaulieu and Tinordi – and maybe even a shot at resigning Vanek. After a tough start to the year DD has turned it around (and I generally couldn’t stand the guy 6 months ago).

    Even though Eller looks lost, and Borque has been up and down, I think overall the team is stronger, and headed in a good direction.

    Long story short: don’t project your desire to end a two-decade cup drought onto a 20-year-old. If it happens, it happens.

  5. Habitoba says:

    Leave it to B-Eaver to fill on the 5th and 6th D pairing.

    …wait, I can do better

  6. johnnylarue says:

    This thread is way cooler than the new one.

  7. doug19 says:

    When discussing Tinordi I believe it is worth looking back at 6-5″ Ryan O’Byrne. He was a really good prospect with size. I am not sure what went wrong but gaffs adding up was one of the reasons.
    Even the Chara’s have been undressed by forwards. The difference is they are seasoned vets who can handle it and still make the great plays.
    I would site Reimer as a recent example of what not to do.
    He has crumbled under the spotlight.

    Sure their are rookie exceptions such as Larry Robinson, Patrick Roy and Subban who shone under the spotlight.

    Tinordi has played very well for the habs but to up the tempo every other night compared to the molasses league takes time.

    I believe given this measured time Tinordi and Beaulieu will excel.
    Remember “do not kill golden geese”

  8. marvin20 says:

    I think the logic of playing subban with Murray is that Murray is going to play against Lucic. I think Murray is the only guy who can handle Lucic physically.

    • johnnylarue says:

      I’m only worried about Murray’s ability to compete with Lucic in any part of the playing surface that isn’t within an inch of a sheet of plexi-glass.

      • marvin20 says:

        I think you forgot about the front of the net. I think Murray is the only guy Montreal has who can control Lucic physically. Emelin was un able to get the job done last game. I think it is worth a gamble. It looks to me like Murray has cut some weight, and has improved his skating since the Olympics

  9. Stanley Cup says:

    I’ve done everything the Bible says — even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff!
    Okaley Dokely!

  10. Lafleurguy says:

    Last year is irrelevant, mostly. After going down 4-2, Price was pulled. Deficit narrowed to 4-3. Bruins scored on Buddha Peter, 5-3. Then, Gallagher deflected a point shot off Seidenberg’s face and banged the rebound past Rask, 5-4. Then Markie Markov let one fly, and big Chair deflected it past Rask with 8.2 to go which is tons more time than 0.3, but I digress. Couple of key saves (Buddha) in OT, and then in the 6 round shoot-out, only Gallagher scored, and Buddha was a Great Wall.
    Montreal ladies screamed Gallagher’s name more that night than the Diety’s. Also, in the post-script, Rask swung his stick wildly and took a pratfall at the gate. There will be less drama in Habs’ win tonight and here’s some info for poster J., Budaj beat the Bruins 4-1 on or around Feb. 8th.

  11. Prop says:

    Buddy is the starter tonight, eh? That’s a pretty big middle finger to the Broonz.


  12. Luke says:

    All streaks must end.
    Never bet against a streak.

    So, that’s my preface to tonight’s game.

    4-3 win for the good guys.

  13. Habitoba says:

    I’m a bit surprised Tinordi isn’t in tonight. With Prust, Parros and White not playing, I figured the Habs would want another physical presence in case things get rocky. Maybe even dressing him as the 7th and benching Eller to rest his injury. Like that, Subban could pull a Dustin Byfuglien and play a shift or two on offence just for fun or to give manageable minutes to Murray.

    At the same time, I understand MT not wanting to change his lineup based on his competition. Moen, Murray and Weise aren’t slouches either.

    Should be a good one tonight!!!

  14. nellis13 says:

    Subban Murry? Did I read that right? wtf!

    • johnnylarue says:

      Sure! Murray stays put in front of Pete’s net to keep him company, while PK handles the “playing hockey” portion of the job. Match made in heaven, really.

  15. EastCoastHab says:

    Thought sharing the load would be Price against Boston tonight and Budaj against Buffalo.
    Someone explain? Thoughts?

    • Habitoba says:

      Budaj has a very decent record against Boston (I think it’s 4-1). Send a message to Boston that we have two goalies that can hand them a loss.

      Prop sums it up quite nicely

  16. Tseth says:

    Devoted Calgary Habs fans: Broken City is showing the game with the sound on at 5:30.

  17. Puck Bard says:

    Got no issue with Budaj starting. It’s the best strategy to ensure at least 2 points in 2 nights. Start Price and there’s a really danger we come up 0 outa 4, for reasons cited by others, and then Habs are right back on the bubble.

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