Budaj allowed three goals on 26 shots in Sunday's 6-3 win against the Stars. Budaj wasn't perfect in this one, but he didn't have to be with the offensive support of his young teammates. He is making the league minimum in salary, but you can bet that is going to change for the 2017-18 season. Budaj will be receiving a nice raise to serve as a backup somewhere next year.
Budaj will start Sunday against the Stars. Budaj starting was expected as the Lightning are playing the second of a back-to-back set Sunday. He is 1-1 with an .810 save percentage in two starts against Dallas this season.
Budaj gave up three goals on 31 shots en route to a 6-3 road victory in Boston on Thursday. Budaj hasn't seen a lot of run since being dealt to Tampa Bay, as this was just his fifth appearance. The win's nice for those who still own him in fantasy, but the Czech veteran's value has predictably taken a nosedive since Jonathan Quick's return made him expendable in Los Angeles.
Budaj entered Thursday's game six minutes into the second period and allowed one goal on six shots in relief. Starter Andrei Vasilevskiy took the loss -- the game ended 5-0 for Toronto. Budaj isn't likely to turn this performance into extra time in the blue paint. Vasilevskiy had been 6-0-1 over his last seven starts prior to Thursday.
Budaj made 26 saves in a 3-2 win over the Rangers on Monday night. It was his first win in a Tampa uniform. Budaj has been getting plenty of rest in the Sunshine State -- he's gone from being a workhorse in Los Angeles to a rarely used backup behind Andrej Vasilevksiy. Spot-start value is the only gift he can give you at this point.
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