Key matchup of the game: Montreal's top two lines versus Weber-Suter. I imagine Martin will want to match Plekanec against Nashville's elite defensive pairing to free up Desharnais' line for as many offensive opportunities as possible. However, Nashville may choose to key in on the DD line which will mean that Plekanec's line will be expected to bring the offense.
Eller will be expected to do his best to keep the balance of play relatively equal with weak linemates against one of Nashville's top 9 units.
I realise that Carey Price can't play all 82 games but it seems silly to put Budaj in against a team that is playing good hockey and doesn't allow very many goals (coupled with the fact we don't score many).
Unless Carey requested the day off, I don't support the decision at all. Hopefully Budaj plays great, because we are going to surely need it.