There are only three games left in this season before the Montreal Canadiens hang up the skates for the summer, and it’s likely that backup net-minder Peter Budaj will be getting the nod for all of them.
Carey Price suffered an injury last week, and he has been experiencing “concussion-like” symptoms since. It has been confirmed today by the Habs team doctor that he indeed has a concussion, and will sit for the remainder of the year.
Despite this staggeringly disappointing year for the Habs, Price has put up passable if not considerable numbers. If you consider the poor overall performance of the defence in front of him, his 2.43 goals-against average, and .916 save percentage are hardly something to scoff at. Price has the seventh-most overall shots against him and, other than Cam Ward, has the most short-handed shots against him.
Even if the Habs could get any worse for wear, Budaj should do fine for these last few games. He has played well and has looked pretty sound this year, all things considered, and it will do him some good to start for the always-exciting Leafs match up in the last game of the year.
It is expected that either Nathan Lawson or Robert Mayer, of the Habs AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs, will get the call-up shortly. Though they likely won’t play, it is always progressive for a minor leaguer to come up and at least watch the big boys for a while.
The next game is on Wednesday versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.