Welcome back to Puke City™! The last time the Leafs were here was Halloween weekend and Carey Price arrived at the Bell Centre dressed up like a brick wall. Well that won’t happen tonight because the Maple Leafs have a secret up their sleeves:
A little move called ‘The Gionta’
IT’S PAYBACK TIME HABBIES, HOPE YOU’RE READY FOR A REDO OF LAST SEASON.
Now, I’m not one to advocate violence, or suggest Carey Price pay the, uh, price for one of his former teammates actions, but this seems to be the only way anyone can beat him, so...whatever it takes for a win, right fellas?
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS AT MONTREAL CANADIENS
7:00PM, Bell Centre, Puke City
TV: CBC, TVA Sports
The Toronto Maple Leafs are leaving their safe, victory filled Air Canada Centre (7-2-0) and heading onto the road, which hasn’t been as friendly to them (1-4-2). The Montreal Canadiens are also a team of homebodies, holding a 10-0-1 record at Le Centre Bell.
The Maple Leafs have two wins in a row, and have won three of the last four, and in all of those wins they’ve scored six goals, while allowing no more than three. The scoring has come in bunches from players, with Connor Brown putting up four points against Florida and James van Riemsdyk netting a hat trick against Nashville.
The Montreal Canadiens this week are losers of three straight, dropping games to Chicago (3-2), Florida (4-3, OT), and Carolina (3-2). They kept all of the scores close, but most importantly, they lost all of those games.
Let’s match these two up:
|Goals +/-||56/58 = -2||58/41 = +17|
|PP%||21.3% - 10th||23.1% - 6th|
|PK%||84.6% - 10th||82.8% - 14th|
|Top Scorer||James van Riemsdyk - 8||Shea Weber - 7|
|Top Points||James van Riemsdyk - 17||Alex Galchenyuk - 18|
|Top Goalie||Frederik Andersen - .907sv%||Carey Price - .948sv%|
Morning skate Leafs lines:
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - William Nylander
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - Connor Brown
Matt Martin - Ben Smith - Nikita Soshnikov
Morgan Rielly - Nikita Zaitsev
Matt Hunwick - Roman Polak
Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick
Let In 10 goals vs Columbus
The last time these two played against each other Montreal defeated Toronto 2-1, even though Toronto out shot the Canadiens 38-31. Carey Price was the big difference, but he’s always the big difference.
The Leafs will have to continue their offensive ways this weekend if they want to walk out of Montreal with the two points. Or just let Montreal dominate the play, let :Price go cold and score some garbage goals.
Either way, as long as the Leafs win.