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Game three Preview: Centre of the Hockey Universe

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I am so amped for Hockey Night in Canada.

Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 2: John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Ottawa Senators during the first period at the Scotiabank Arena on October 2, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs: 7:00pm
Watch on: Hockey Night in Canada - CBC, NHL Network, TVAS, Sportsnet

Opponent’s site: Dirty Habs Eyes on the Prize

Oh, baby.

Saturday Night. Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto. Montreal. Leafs. Habs.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

Maple Leafs Lines

It’s become clear that Mike Babcock is keeping tryouts going into the season. Presumably the first 10 games of the season, or until Travis Dermott and Zach Hyman get back from injury, will be the chance for the 11th and 12th forward, and 6th defenseman to earn jobs. After that, there likely won’t even be an opportunity to be a spare in the pressbox and earn some extra cash handing out programs to the media.

Michael Hutchinson will make his first start of the season as the team’s third backup goalie in as many seasons. He gets the start on the second night of a back to back including travel, just how Babcock likes it.

Now that we’ve moved on from the bottom four players in the lineup, will you have a look at the top! In the first two games of the year, the top-six and top-four have combined for six goals and 14 assists. The team is getting contributions from everyone up and down the lineup. The only players to have played both games and be without a point are alexander Kerfoot, Kasperi Kapanen, and Andreas Johnsson and even those guys have combined for 7 shots on goal. Kapanen has certainly impressed.

Forwards

Andreas Johnsson - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Kasperi Kapanen - John Tavares - Mitchell Marner
Ilya Mikheyev - Alexander Kerfoot - Trevor Moore
Dmytro Timashov - Nick Shore - Frederik Gauthier
Nic Petan - Jason Spezza

Defense

Morgan Rielly - Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin - Tyson Barrie
Rasmus Sandin - Martin Marincin
Justin Holl

Goalies

Michael Hutchinson
Frederik Andersen

Montreal Canadiens Lines

Here is what they had in their last game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Poll

How many centres will score for the Habs tonight?

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    The number of Captain John Tavares interviews they got
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