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Goalie nods: Budaj looks to halt B’s, Montoya starts fifth straight

Mar 24, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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News and notes from around the crease…

Habs turn to Budaj

Peter Budaj will get the start tonight for Montreal, as the Habs look to stop Boston’s 12-game winning streak.

Budaj hasn’t played since Mar. 12 when, ironically enough, he played against the Bruins and allowed four goals on 32 shots in a loss. It’s unclear what, if anything, Budaj showed in that performance to warrant the start this evening — the Habs will play back-to-back games against Boston and Buffalo tonight and tomorrow, suggesting that Carey Price will go against the Sabres on Tuesday.

That said, perhaps Habs head coach Michel Therrien is playing the odds in starting Budaj. The Slovak netminder has been pretty good against Boston throughout his career, going 4-2-1 with a .913 save percentage and 2.64 GAA.

Tuukka Rask is likely to be in goal for the Bruins tonight.

Jets ride Montoya

Winnipeg, clinging to its playoff life, will go with backup netminder Al Montoya against Dallas tonight while Ondrej Pavelec remains sidelined with injury.

Montoya has been fine, but not great, during the course of his temporary starting gig. He allowed three goals on 32 shots in Saturday’s loss to Carolina and has posted a 2.75 GAA and .901 save percentage since Pavelec got hurt.

Tonight, he’ll be up against Kari Lehtonen in the Stars’ net.

Elsewhere…

Coyotes at Rangers: Mike Smith vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Kings at Flyers: Ray Emery for Philly; Jonathan Quick probable for L.A.

Sens at Bolts: Robin Lehner for Ottawa; Ben Bishop likely for Tampa Bay.

Sharks at Flames: Alex Stalock vs. Karri Ramo

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Way to protect your starter from the bbb!

  2. ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Emery definitely earned this start in that Hawks game last week.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      not to mention that the Flyers finally have more than 1 point of breathing room.

  3. slaugin - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Hard to say The Habs are playing odds when Price has been dominant against the Bs. I think he’s worried Price could potentially gets lit up and hurt his confidence if they meet in the Playoffs

  4. cjnbsc - Mar 24, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Habs thinking is pretty clear to me. With Price working his way back from injury they have been adamant about him not starting back to backs.

    The Bruins game is the far tougher one. While it does make sense to give Budaj the Sabres team and Price tonight, I believe they know they won’t catch Boston in the standings and are tying to “ensure” the two points versus the Sabres

    Not my favourite plan ever.

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