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Game Preview: Leafs don’t get to eliminate the Canadiens tonight

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Alright, it’s the last game of the season. Let’s end it with a win.

Sergei Berezin #94

Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens

Time: 7:00PM

Location: The city that once had it all, then chased it out of town to Toronto

Broadcast/Streaming: CBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Opponent SBNation Site: Eyes on the Prize (the prize is the draft lottery)

This is the final game of the regular season for both of these teams, but both of their futures are already set. After tonight the Maple Leafs will prepare to face the Boston Bruins in the playoffs, most likely starting on Thursday night. A time for revenge against the Boston Bruins who defeated them in seven games at the start of last years playoffs.

The Montreal Canadiens will pack their stuff tomorrow, say their goodbyes, then begin their extra long summer vacation as management sits in their offices and prays, prays hard that a miracle occurs and the team with the worst odds jumps all the way to #1 overall in the draft lottery Tuesday night.

Maple Leafs Lines

Forward Lines

Zach Hyman - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Patrick Marleau - Auston Matthews - Kasperi Kapanen
Andreas Johnsson - William Nylander - Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis - Frederik Gauthier - Trevor Moore

Defence Pairings

Considering that’s four of the Leafs’ top six defencemen out, make your own guesses at what the pairings will look like. Kristen Shilton did so here:

Goaltenders

Frederik Andersen
Michael Hutchinson

The lines are completely in flux at this point, given this game pales in significance next to rest and recovery.

Montreal Canadiens lines

Forward Lines

Tomas Tatar - Phillip Danault - Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen - Max Domi - Andrew Shaw
Jonathan Drouin - Jordan Weal - Joel Armia
Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Nate Thompson - Paul Byron

Defence Pairings

Victor Mete - Shea Weber
Brett Kulak - Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn - Christian Folin

Goaltenders

Carey Price
Antti Niemi


Round one vs Boston Bruins

Toronto Team Boston
Toronto Team Boston
3-2 Record 2-3
14GF - 14GA Goal Differential 14GF - 14GA
27.3% - 5th Power Play 35.7% - 2nd
64.3% - 15th Penalty Kill 72.7% - 12th
Auston Matthews - 4 Most Goals Bergeron, Krejci, Pastrnak, Marchand, Coyle - 2
Morgan Rielly - 4 Most Assists Brad Marchand - 4
Auston Matthews - 5 Most Points Brad Marchand - 6
Nazem Kadri - 19 Most PM Charlie McAvoy - 6
Morgan Rielly - 24:34/G TOI Leader Charlie McAvoy - 16
Frederik Andersen - .925sv% Starting Goalie Tuukka Rask - .922sv%

This is it. The season is finally ending. Long live the post-season!