The Montreal Canadiens are on a franchise record season opening win streak. Last night they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-2. The Toronto Maple Leafs are on par for the course with a 1-3-2 record. The Canadiens have scored 30 goals and only allowed 9, a +21 goal differential. The Toronto Maple Leafs have scored 13, and allowed 19 with a -9.
ARE YOU EXCITED YET?
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS AT MONTREAL CANADIENS
7:30PM - BELL CENTRE - MONTREAL, QC
TV: CBC, TVA SPORTS
RADIO: TSN 690, 1050
SBN: EYES ON THE PRIZE
The Maple Leafs arrive in Montreal to play spoiler to the Canadiens streak to start the season, but also to protect their own record. The Maple Leafs own the record for season opening win streak with 10 in a row. We can't let a bunch of poutine eaters come and take what is ours!
These two teams opened the season against each other. The Habs opened the game with a dribbler of a goal that was both disappointing and, well, yeah thats how we started our season. It was a close back and forth game but the Canadiens took it 2-1.
The Maple Leafs aren't playing awful, their systems are tightening up, and it's a learning period with a new coach in net. The last game in Buffalo was also a close one with Evander Kane tying things up at the last second to send the game to OT, then a shootout, which the Sabres won.
Projected Line Ups:
James van Reimsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
Shawn Matthias - Byron Froese - Brad Boyes
Daniel Winnik - Nick Spaling - Joffrey Lupul
Michael Grabner - Mark Arcobello - P.A. Parenteau
Matt Hunwick - Dion Phaneuf
Scott Harrington - Morgan Rielly
Martin Marincin - Roman Polak
Canadiens (from last night)
Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Lars Eller - Alex Galchenyuk - Alexander Semin
Tomas Fleischmann - David Desharnais - Dale Weise
Brian Flynn - Torrey Mitchell - Devante Smith-Pelly
Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin - Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu - Tom Gilbert
Questions for tonight:
Will we see retaliation for Komarov's boarding hit on Subban from last game? Will Price finally falter? Will that stupid Habs flag finally come down from outside my house?