Habs G Price out with flu

Montreal Canadiens starting goaltender Carey Price will miss Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers with the flu.

Price was coming off two straight wins over the Lightning and Panthers earlier in the week, but was felled with illness on Friday night, according to the club.

Peter Budaj will get the start, only his third of the season. He is just 0-1-1 in two prior appearances.

"'Buds' has played well for us when he's been in there and then we go and make mental mistakes and mental errors and we're not sharp," admitted Habs defenseman Josh Gorges. "We have to do a better job in front of him and help him out a lot more than we have."

To fill the open roster spot, the Canadiens recalled goaltender Robert Mayer from Hamilton of the American Hockey League.

Coming into play, the Flyers have won three of their last five games against the Canadiens in Montreal.