Carey Price, who has missed the last three games as a result of a lower-body injury suffered during the Sochi Olympics, didn’t take part in the Canadiens’ morning skate in Los Angeles before Monday night’s game against the Kings (10:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). That means Peter Budaj will get his fourth straight start in goal.
“Carey is still day-to-day,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters in L.A. after the skate. “As soon as the medical staff feels he’s ready to start practising, he’s going to go on the ice, but obviously he was not today. He’s just doing treatment now.”
Brandon Prust (upper-body injury) and Michael Bournival (concussion) both took part in the morning skate but were wearing no-contact jerseys and won’t play against the Kings. George Parros is also not expected to play with Ryan White – who was sidelined with the flu – taking his spot in the lineup.
Defenceman Davis Drewiske cleared waivers Monday and was sent to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
GM Marc Bergevin wasn’t with the team in Los Angeles, instead going to Chicago following the death of his mother-in-law. He is expected to work the phones from Chicago through Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.
Monday night’s game will be the second and final meeting of the season between the Kings and Canadiens after Los Angeles won 6-0 at the Bell Centre on Dec. 10.
After Monday’s game, the Canadiens play in Anaheim on Wednesday (10 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690), in Phoenix Thursday (9 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and in San Jose Saturday (10 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the morning skate:
(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)