This is the first of four meetings this season. Each team won three of the six games between the two last season, with the Canadiens winning the last meeting at home, 4-1, in the final game of 2011-12 season. One of the Canadiens losses came in a shootout.
This will be the fourth consecutive year the Canadiens have opened a season against Toronto. The previous three games were played in Toronto.
Alex Galchenyuk will make his NHL debut. The last 18 year old to play for the Canadiens was goaltender Olivier Michaud who’s only career NHL appearance was one-period relief of Mathieu Garon in 2001. The last 18 year old skater was defenceman Petr Svoboda in 1984.
Colby Armstrong and Brandon Prust will play their first game in a Canadiens uniform. Tomas Plekanec will be in a lineup for the first time since December 28th when he suffered a rib injury in the Czech Extraliga. Brian Gionta will play his first game in over a year. He suffered a torn bicep muscle January 10th, 2012 vs. St. Louis. Francis Bouillon plays his first game in Canadiens uniform since April 2009 when he became an unrestricted free agent.
In the goals it will be Carey Price for the Canadiens, Ben Scrivens for Toronto.
Puck drop 7:21pm.
Canadiens Opening Night Lineup
67 Max Pacioretty – 51 David Desharnais – 72 Erik Cole
27- Alex Galchenyuk – 14 Tomas Plekanec – 21 Brian Gionta
17 Rene Bourque – 81 Lars Eller – 32 Travis Moen
53 Ryan White – 8 Brandon Prust – 20 Colby Armstrong
74 Alexei Emelin – 79 Andrei Markov
22 Tomas Kaberle – 26 Josh Gorges
55 Francis Bouillon – 61 Raphael Diaz
31-Carey Price (Backup – 30-Peter Budaj)
Scratches RW Brendan Gallagher, RW Mike Blunden; D Yannick Weber. Injury Reserve – Petteri Nokelainen (back)
Toronto Opening Night Lineup
19 Joffrey Lupul – 42 Tyler Bozak – 81 Phil Kessel
16 Clarke MacArthur – 84 Mikhail Grabovski – 41 Nikolai Kulemin
21 James Van Riemsdyk – 43 Nazem Kadri – 47 Leo Komarov
28 Colton Orr – 11 Jay McClement – 18 Mike Brown
3 Dion Phaneuf – 53 Michael Kostka
36 Carl Gunnarsson – 8 Mike Komisarek
24 John-Michael Liles – 4 Cody Franson
30 Ben Scrivens (Backup 34 James Reimer)
Scratches –Fwd David Steckel; D Mark Fraser; D- Corbinian Holzer. Injury Reserve – D Jake Gardiner (concussion)