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Game Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs

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An injury plagued Canadiens team comes to Toronto as the Leafs look to build off a victory over the Devils

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Three years ago the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 in the Air Canada Centre. James van Riemsdyk is the only Maple Leafs left from that game who scored. Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, Mason Raymond, and Cody Franson were the other goal scorers. Jonathan Bernier was in goal for the Leafs. Dion Phaneuf was captain. Colton Orr was protecting the Leafs stars from the bench for 58 minutes per game.

That was the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens. January 18th, 2014.

Tonight, we begin a new year. A new streak becomes set when the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Canadiens and begin a three year win streak of their own.

Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00PM - Air Canada Centre
TV: CBC, TVA Sports / Radio: Sportsnet 590
SBN: Eyes On the Prize (don’t click that link, they get enough hits)

Last night the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2, despite getting out shot 32-14. The Maple Leafs are now in third place in the Atlantic Division, and a win over Montreal could bump them into second, and give them a safe place to be heading into the bye week.

We have a full Leafs team here tonight, a little tired from playing last night, but all are completely healthy.

The Montreal Canadiens however, are missing Andrew Shaw, Andre Markov, Greg Patyrn, Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais, and Paul Byron. Sadly, Carey Price isn’t on the list....yet.

The Canadiens have played five straight overtime games, winning three of them, and are coming off a two day break, so the call ups have had a chance to practice with their team at least.

Preview the Numbers

--------------------- Toronto Washington
--------------------- Toronto Washington
Record 18-12-8 24-9-6
Division 3rd 1st
Conference 8th 4th
League 14th 5th
Goal Differential 117 / 111 = +6 119 / 90 = +29
Power Play 21.5% - 8th 20.5% - 12th
Penalty Kill 84.4% - 7th 80.7% - 20th
Most Goals Auston Matthews - 21 Max Pacioretty - 18
Most Points Auston Matthews - 35 Max Pacioretty - 33
Top Goalie Frederik Andersen - .920sv% Carey Price - .930sv%

Lines

Toronto
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - William Nylander
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner
Matt Martin - Frederik Gauthier - Nikita Soshnikov

Morgan Rielly - Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick
Matt Hunwick - Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen
Antoine Bibeau

Montreal
Max Pacioretty - Phillip Danault - Alexander Radulov
Artturi Lehkonen - Tomas Plekanec - Sven Andrighetto
Daniel Carr - Torrey Mitchell - Brian Flynn
Bobby Farnham - Michael McCarron - Nikita Scherbak

Alexei Emelin - Shea Weber
Nathan Beaulieu - Jeff Petry
Mark Barberio - Ryan Johnston

Carey Price
Al Montoya

Morning Tweets

It’s going to be a good game tonight, and please, Leafs, please...WIN.