Game day, with the Bruins in town and Carey Price still not ready. Although Brandon Prust apparently is.
If Peter Budaj is in goal, we’re going to need a slightly better outing from him than what we’ve seen recently. Budaj lost his last three starts and often looked shaky in the process. I hope his confidence isn’t wavering.
If it’s Tokarski, he looked good in his team’s 4-3 shootout win in Anaheim, and there’s no reason why he can’t stone the Bs too.
Whoever’s in goal needs help in front of him. Things have to be tighter. And there’ll be no Josh Gorges blocking shots, as the Dairy Queen mogul is gone for a month with broken bones in his hand.
Mike Weaver should pick up the slack nicely. He plays a similar game to Gorges.
I guess it should be mentioned too that the boys in front of Budaj scored a total of three goals in those three games he just lost, so it goes without saying that that needs some serious improving on.
Canadiens handled the Bruins in their two games played so far. A 2-1 win on Dec. 5 with Price in nets, and a 4-1 thrashing on Jan. 30 with Budaj between the pipes and which saw Tuukka Rask get yanked in the second period.
More of the same is in order for tonight. It would also be nice to see Thomas Vanek make a fine impression.
And Rene Bourque deserves to be a healthy scratch. At this stage of the game, giving 50% doesn’t cut it.