The Canadiens medical staff has only confirmed that goaltender Carey Price is suffering from headaches, a problem that manifested itself last week. Price apparently played Friday night against the Rangers despite feeling the effects of the problem. He gave up four goals on 29 shots. The team is monitoring the situation.
Peter Budaj played on Saturday in Washington and Price did not take part in Monday practice. The Canadiens have only three games remaining in their season and common sense dictates, if there’s any question about the root of the problem, that Budaj play the remaining games.
The Canadiens have the option of bringing up Robert Mayer or Peter Delmas from their Hamilton farm club to back up Budaj. Their number one goaltender Nathan Lawson was sent home from the Bulldogs current road trip with a hip injury. .
The Canadiens already have Scott Gomez and Mathieu Darche out of the lineup with concussions and Travis Moen’s upper body injury is suspected to be concussion-related as well. Gomez, Darche and Moen are all practicing with the team and might be available this week although, with the exception of Gomez, bringing them back at this time will accomplish little. In Gomez case, finishing the season on the active list is important if the Canadiens opt to buy out his contract in June.