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
|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%|
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
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
Tonight marks the third time the #leafs start Frederik Andersen on back-to-back nights. He's on pace for a career-high 69 appearances.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 7, 2017
Since mini-slump ended on Nov. 23, @AM34 leads NHL with 15 goals in 19 games. Has seven goals, five assists on current 8-game point streak.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) January 7, 2017
It’s going to be a good game tonight, and please, Leafs, please...WIN.