010028Preview – Game #1

Toronto vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – October 1, 2013  –  7:15pm


Season Series  Of the five meetings between the teams this season, this game is the only one not on a Saturday night.  Three of the five games will be at the Bell Centre.

Historically –  This will be the fifth consecutive season the Canadiens open their schedule against Toronto; the second in a row at the Bell Centre.   The Canadiens have lost the last three after winning in overtime in 2009.   Oct. 1/2009 @Air Canada Centre   Canadiens-4 Toronto-3 (Overtime).  Josh Gorges scores with 13 seconds left in OT.  It was one of three goals he scored all season.  Oct. 7/2010  @ Air Canada Centre -Toronto-3 Canadiens-2.  Jean-Sebastien Giguere makes spectacular save on Gionta with 5 seconds left to preserve win.  Oct.6 2011 @ Air Canada Centre   Toronto-2 Canadiens-0.  Shutout Reimer.  Canadiens outshoot Leafs 32-16.   January 19/2013 @ Bell Centre   Toronto-2  Canadiens-1.  Kessel-2 assists..

Last Season – The Maple Leafs won three of the five games last season including both games at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens won 2 of 3 in Toronto including the season finale.

Last Time At Bell Centre –   February 9th.  6-0 Toronto. 116 minutes in penalties, all but 22 of them in the third period…65 to the Canadiens   Grabovsky bit Pacioretty.  Colton Orr tried kneeing Plekanec and wound up flattening Bourque with a concussion-inducing single punch causing Bourque to miss 21 games. The third period featured three fights, four roughing minors and four ten minute misconducts.  The referees were Tim Peel and Rob Martell.

Top 2013 Scorers – vs. Canadiens Phil Kessel 5GP  3goals, 5assists.  Vs. Toronto –Brendan Gallagher 4GP  2goals, 2 assists

Goaltending –  Toronto – James Reimer –   Last season 2-1 vs. Montreal.  1.85GAA, .948save%.  In three career starts at Bell Centre  2-0 with a .939 save percentage.  Career vs. the Canadiens he is is 4-3-0.                           Canadiens – Carey Price – Last season vs. Toronto, 1-3-0  in four starts, 4.12GAA   .840 save%.  The the last time he played against the Leafs was April 13th in Toronto where he gave up three goals on four shots before being replaced by Peter Budaj at 10:25 of the first period.  The earliest exit of his career.  The Canadiens lost 5-1.

The Size Argument – With 5’10” defenceman John-Michael Liles gone to the Marlies on waivers the Leafs do not have one player on their roster under six feet while eight members of the Canadiens are under six feet.

The Inevitable –  George Parros vs. Colton Orr.   Parros and Orr have tangled seven times in their hockey careers four times over the last six years in the NHL and three times in the AHL.  All of them vigorous scraps.  The last one February 18th in Florida.

The Missing Toronto – David Clarkson (first of a 10-game suspension); Frazer McLaren (broken finger)     Canadiens – D-Alexei Emelin (IR-knee surgery); D-Douglas Murray (IR-Upper Body); D-Davis Drewiske (shoulder).

Canadiens Stand Pat –    Erik Cole, Colby Armstrong and Tomas Kaberle are the only players from opening night January 19th 2013 who are no longer with the team.   Only players who did not take part in that game who are in this lineup are Daniel Briere, George Parros and Jarred Tinordi.

Toronto’s New Faces –  G Jonathan Bernier (Kings), F Dave Bolland (Blackhawks), F David Clarkson (Devils), D Paul Ranger (Out of Retirement) T.J. Brennan, Troy Bodie and Mason Raymond plus Junior eligible rookie Morgan Rielly (ten game tryout).         Leaving Toronto:  F Mikhail Grabovski (Capitals), F Matt Frattin (Kings), G Ben Scrivens (Kings), F Leo Komarov (KHL), D Mike Komisarek (Hurricanes), D Mike Kostka (Blackhawks), F Clarke MacArthur (Senators), Joe Colborne (Flames),  Mike Mottau (Florida) Joe Colborne (Calgary) Tim Connolly and Ryan O’Byrne.

Toronto’s Cap Nightmare – Toronto will be losing $5.45M in cap space and paying $9.7M in salary for players not on their roster.  The Leafs picked up part of Ben Scrivens and Matt Frattin’s salary as part of the Jonathan Bernier trade.  Colby Armstrong, Darcy Tucker, Mike Komisarek, Mikhail Grabovski and recently demoted John-Michael Liles are also still being paid by the Leafs.            The Canadiens are paying for  Scott Gomez and Tomas Kaberle but as compliance buyouts there is no cap effect.

The Probable Toronto Lines


21-Van Riemsdyk  42-Bozak   81-Kessel

19-Lupul  43-Kadri  41-Kulemin

12-Raymond  63-Bolland – Bodie

37-Ashton  11-McClement  28-Orr

3-Phaneuf  36-Gunnarson

51-Gardiner   15-Ranger

4-Franson     2-Fraser



Canadiens Lineup


Rene Bourque   Tomas Plekanec    Brian Gionta

Max Pacioretty   David Desharnais    Danny Briere

Alex Galchenyuk   Lars Eller    Brendan Gallagher

Travis Moen    Brandon Prust    George Parros

Josh Gorges    P.K. Subban

Andrei Markov    Rapahel Diaz

Jarred Tinordi   Francis Bouillon

Carey Price