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[Open Thread] Toronto Maple Leafs v. Montreal Canadiens

Tonight the Leafs host the Habs as they look to pick up their third straight win over their old enemy. Four Habs Fans were nice enough to participate in today's 5 Questions With... feature. Carey Price will be getting the start since the Leafs are Cristobal Huet's daddies. Staffan Kronwall will be back in the lineup to replace the injured Pavel Kubina. Most teams will have a player that stays in the lineup which absolutely defies logic. For the Leafs that player is Andy Wozniewski. Carlo, Leafs Nation turns it's lonely eyes to you.

The Habs are once again living on the back of a ridiculous powerplay (ranked # 1) and the Leafs' improving penalty kill (ranked 19th) will be in tough tonight. The key over the past couple of games has been a marked improvement in discipline. It's not rocket science to connect fresher penalty killers with an improved performance but considering how difficult it seems to be for the Leafs to stay out of the box maybe it's harder than writing it on a website.

The other key for the Leafs: ending the first or second period with a lead. The Habs' winning percentage when trailing at either intermission: .000. Yeah, this team is for real. Toskala might be out sick tonight as Scott Clemmensen (thanks for the big win last year doofus) was called up from the Marlies.

Alexei Ponikarovsky's two goal performance was enough to pick up the player of the game nod. Remember to put your guesses for who will score take the first shot, get the first penalty, and score the first goal in the comments. I'll keep a running tally of the results in the right sidebar. For the Rangers' game the winning predictions were: Shot - Devereaux, Penalty - Tucker, and Goal - Ponikarovsky. This is also getting tracked in the sidebar.

As always, your thoughts throughout the game are much appreciated in the comments. Each period and overtime/shootout gets their own section so just reply to the relevant section's main post. You need to set up an account to comment so register and share your thoughts.