The Canadiens’ charter to Chicago on Tuesday was missing a few more passengers than usual.

Six players stayed behind in Montreal, including goaltender Carey Price and defencemen Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin, who were given a chance to rest with the team playing back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday.

The Habs have secured a playoff spot, but are battling for home-ice advantage with their first-round series looming next week.

“For us nothing has changed. We’re going to Chicago to win,” coach Michel Therrien said when asked if it was more important for the Habs to rest some players than nail down home-ice advantage

“We want to win as many games as possible.”

Peter Budaj will start in goal against the Blackhawks Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690) with Dustin Tokarski, who was called up from the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs Tuesday afternoon, as the backup. The Canadiens play again on Thursday at the Bell Centre against the New York Islanders.

Many players have to deal with small injuries at this time of year, Therrien said, explaining the decision.