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Peter Budaj | Goalie | #31

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/18/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 192
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (63) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Don't be shocked if Peter Budaj re-signs with Tampa after the season.
Budaj, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, has played well in three starts with Tampa and seems to be a perfect partner to starter Andrei Vasilevskiy. Bolts' coach Jon Coooper seems to like the Budak/Vasilevskiy tandem. "He's a veteran goalie and not afraid of these situations," said Cooper. "He's calm in net. He just exudes poise back there, and it's good for our team. You can put him in these situations and understand you're going to get a game from him." The Lightning would be looking to Budaj to start 25 games and mentor Vasilevskiy should he return to Tampa. Mar 26 - 11:27 AM

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Peter Budaj turned aside 28 of 31 shots in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins.

The Lightning trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but they eventually turned the game around by scoring four unanswered goals in the second and third periods. Budaj has now won each of his last two decisions, and he'll enter his next start with a 29-21-3 record. He currently owns a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage. He isn't worth owning in most fantasy leagues.
Mar 23 - 10:08 PM

Tampa Bay will go with Peter Budaj between the pipes on Thursday against the Bruins.

In three games thus far with the Lightning, the veteran netminder has gone 1-1 with seven goals against and an .897 save percentage. In 53 total games, including his time in Los Angels, he's posted a 28-21-3 record with a 2.15 GAA and a .916 SV%.
Mar 23 - 3:24 PM

Tampa Bay goalie Peter Budaj took advantage of a rare start Monday night by kicking away 26 shots en route to the Lightning's 3-2 triumph over the Rangers in New York.

Budaj was making only his second start in nine games. He was replacing first-stringer Andrei Vasilevskiy. Budaj is now 28-21-3, with a goals-against average of 2.15.
Mar 13 - 10:44 PM

Peter Budaj will play between the pipes on Monday.

Budaj is making just his second start in nine games. The Lightning seem content to lean heavily on Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has in turn rewarded them with some solid play lately, so Budaj probably won't get much more work for the rest of 2016-17.
Mar 13 - 11:05 AM

Peter Budaj allowed four goals on 34 shots in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Budaj was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings last Sunday and tonight was his Lightning debut. It didn't go very well, but that was to be expected because of the strength of his opponent. In Budaj's defense, two of the four goals he allowed were scored while the Lightning were on the penalty kill. Budaj has a 27-21-3 record with a 2.16 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage. Expect Andrei Vasilevskiy to get most of the starts down the stretch.
Mar 3 - 10:34 PM

Peter Budaj will play between the pipes Friday night.

Budaj is getting his first start with Tampa Bay since being acquired from Los Angeles. He has a 2.12 GAA and .917 save percentage in 53 games this season.
Mar 3 - 11:28 AM

Peter Budaj has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He was sent to the Lightning in the deal that landed Los Angeles Ben Bishop. Tampa Bay also sent a fifth rounder in 2017 to the Kings, while Lightning got prospect Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in 2017 and a conditional selection in 2017. Budaj did a great job filling in for Jonathan Quick this season, while he recovered from a groin injury. He will serve as Andrei Vasilevskiy's backup for the rest of the season.
Feb 26 - 7:25 PM

Peter Budaj allowed two goals on 23 shots in the Kings 4-1 loss to Boston on Thursday.

The Kings have lost 4-of-5 but Budaj has played better of late, allowing just three goals in the last two games. Budaj has been one of the best stories of the season with 27 wins, 2.12 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage in 51 games. The Kings will need even more him as they battle for a wild card spot down the stretch.
Feb 24 - 3:27 AM

Peter Budaj will be in net against the Bruins on Thursday.

It's been a rough month for the veteran netminder. He's posted a 4-5 record with 21 goals against despite a pair of shutouts, he also carries a .902 save percentage and a 2.43 save percentage.
Feb 23 - 6:09 PM

Peter Budaj faced 25 shots and blocked all but one as the King beat the Avalanche 2-1 Tuesday night.

Budaj needed this victory. He entered the contest with a record of 1-5-0 and a save percentage of .867 in his last six games. In that span, he has given up an average of 3.3 goals per game, which included a three-goal win over the Panthers February 9.
Feb 21 - 11:34 PM

Peter Budaj will start for the 50th time this season on Tuesday night.

He was the first goalie off at the morning skate and he is expected to start against Colorado. Budaj has a 26-19-3 record with a 2.14 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage, while filling in for injured number one keeper Jonathan Quick.
Feb 21 - 5:29 PM

Peter Budaj stopped 28 of 29 shots on Sunday but received no offense in a 1-0 loss to Anaheim.

Budaj falls to 28-19-3 this season with a 2.14 goals against average and .916 save percentage. He is winless in five of his last six games.
Feb 20 - 12:24 AM

Peter Budaj will start Sunday's game against Anaheim.

Budaj has been workhorse for the Kings and will start again after he was in goal for a 3-2 loss to Florida on Saturday night.
Feb 19 - 8:50 PM

Peter Budaj's recent struggles continued on Saturday as the Los Angeles Kings fell 3-2 to the Florida Panthers.

The Kings lost despite a 35-25 SOG advantage, as Budaj allowed three goals. The game-winner eluded Budaj by a very narrow margin. The journeyman backup-turned-starter has lost four of his last five games.
Feb 19 - 1:22 AM

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All Positions
C1Tyler Johnson
2Vladislav Namestnikov
3Cedric Paquette
4Steven Stamkos
LW1Jonathan Drouin
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Greg McKegg
5Yanni Gourde
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Brayden Point
4J.T. Brown
5Joel Vermin
6Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Jake Dotchin
6Andrej Sustr
7Luke Witkowski
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj