The Montreal Canadiens head to San Jose tonight, looking to finish off their four game road trip on a high note when they face the Sharks.
Montreal is 1-2-0 on their western road swing, falling to the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes but defeating the NHL leading Anaheim Ducks in between the two losses.
The Sharks are 3-1-1 since the Olympic break, and have 23-4-4 record as the home team this season. Tonight’s game will be a tough test for the Habs, but they were able to take down the Ducks who had a similar 24-4-4 record as host.
The Habs are 17-13-2 as the visitor this season but will have a difficult time improving that record in the final game of this road trip.
Carey Price has missed the whole trip and has not played since the Olympics due to a lower body injury. In his absence, Peter Budaj has been getting the bulk of the starts and it appears the extra workload is starting to catch up to him.
Budaj has posted good numbers this season with a 8-6-2 record, a goals against average of 2.35 and a .922 save percentage. However, Budaj started four of the past five games for the Habs and struggled to a 3.64 GAA and .853 SV%, losing his past two starts.
These two teams met early in the season, with the San Jose Sharks skating to a 2-0 win on Bell Centre ice.
The Canadiens next game is Wednesday night when they return home to play the Boston Bruins.
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