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Canadiens vs. Toronto

Air Canada Centre – Oct. 8, 2014 – 7:05pm



Last Season – The Canadiens won three of the five games; one in overtime. They were 1-2-0 in Toronto – losing 4-1 in the season opener Oct.1; 5-3 Jan. 18 and then winning the final meeting of the season between the clubs 4-3 March 22nd.

Last Meeting.   March 22nd, 2014 – @Air Canada Centre – Canadiens-4 Toronto-3.  Tomas Plekanec breaks 3-3 tie with game winner at 11:14 of the third period.  Bourque and Gionta each with a goal and assist. Joffrey Lupul with a goal and two points for Toronto.  Goaltenders – Price & Reimer.  Shots on goal 36-36.

From the Clinic – The Canadiens enter the game healthy.  Both Lars Eller and P.A. Parenteau have recovered from minor training camp injuries.     Toronto’s David Booth (broken foot);  Cody Franson (knee)

Notes –

….This the sixth consecutive season Montreal faces Toronto in their season opener; The Canadiens have lost four openers in a row to the Leafs.  The last time they won was on an overtime winning goal by Josh Gorges.

….The Leafs and Canadiens are meeting for the 725th time in their team histories.

….The teams will meet four times this season.  They won’t play each other again until February 14th.

….The Canadiens won three of five meetings last season, one of them in overtime.

….At the Air Canada Centre the Canadiens have won five of the last seven games.

….Since March 3, 2012 Carey Price is 3-6-0 against Toronto overall.  In his career his 13-13-1 in 27 career games.

….Last season Jonathan Bernier was 1-1-1 vs. Montreal with a 3.64GAA.  In five career games against the Canadiens he is 1-3-1 with a 3.40 GAA and an .895 save percentage.  Bernier was out with a groin injury the last time the teams met March 22nd.

….Max Pacioretty led the Canadiens with five goals and two assists vs. Toronto last season.  In 25 career games against Toronto he has 11 goals and 6 assists.

….James van Riemsdyk led Toronto with 5 points, all of them goals.

….Phil Kessel has 15 points in his last ten games against the Canadiens including ten during a seven game streak.

….Stephane Robidas will make his Toronto debut.  Toronto originally drafted him 19 years ago.  It will be his first game since he broke his leg last season while a member of the Anaheim Ducks.

….Other Toronto changes – Leo Komorov returns after a season in the KHL.  Other newcomers include Mike Santorelli, Roman Polak, Daniel Winnik and David Booth.

….Waived to the minor leagues are fighters Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren.   In the opening game of last season, Orr fought George Parros with Parros suffering a concussion when, during the fight he hit his head on the ice.j  Parros missed 12 games with a concussion, the first of two he suffered during the season.

….Making their NHL debuts will be the Canadiens Jiri Sekac and Toronto’s 5’8” Los Angeles born forward Brandon Kozun along with Leafs first round 2011 first round draft pick Stuart Percy who will replace the injured Cody Franson on defense.

Canadiens Starting Lineup vs. Toronto 

 67-Pacioretty   51– Desharnais  15 – Parenteau

27-Galchenyuk   14– Plekanec   11– Gallagher

17-Bourque   81– Eller   26– Sekac

8-Prust   20– Malhotra   22– Weise

76-Subban   74– Emelin

77-Gilbert   79– Markov

43Weaver   28– Beaulieu


Extras – LW-Moen, C-Bournival, D-Tinordi


Toronto’s Projected Lines

21-James van Riemsdyk  42 – Tyler Bozak   81– Phil Kessel
19-Joffrey Lupul   43– Nazem Kadri   67-Brandon Kozun
47-Leo Komarov   25-Mike Santorelli   71– David Clarkson
26-Daniel Winnik   24-Peter Holland   39-Matt Frattin

3-Dion Phaneuf 12-Stephane Robidas

51-Jake Gardiner 44-Morgan Rielly

50-Stuart Percy 46-Roman Polak

45-Jonathan Bernier