Canadiens will turn to netminder Peter Budaj to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in both teams’ regular-season finale.
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Peter Budaj will get the start in goal Saturday night for the Canadiens against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Habs’ final game of the 2012-13 regular season.
Head coach Michel Therrien said Budaj’s start, the goalie’s first in 10 days, is part of the team’s netminding plans. Therrien said he’s very pleased with Carey Price, calling him “our best player” in a noon-hour news conference at Air Canada Centre. But the coach wants both of his goalies ready for the playoffs and Budaj’s start hardly appears to be a rash or last-minute call.
Therrien said that defenceman Jarred Tinordi will be back in the lineup vs. the Maple Leafs. Other than that, Therrien would divulge nothing about his lineup, saying he’d make it public at game time, 7 p.m. ET.
The Habs still have a chance to finish second in the Eastern Conference, which would deny CBC its ratings fantasy of a Montreal-Toronto first-round series. The Boston Bruins, currently seeded second in the Eastern Conference, have two games left to play: tonight in Washington, then back home Sunday against Ottawa in the makeup of the game postponed by the tragic Boston Marathon bombing.
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