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Toronto vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Oct. 24, 2015 – 7:15pm

 

Worth Noting

….Toronto coach Mike Babcock on the Canadiens “I think the goalie’s good. I think their first line right now is one of the best in the NHL. They have left and right had shots in each pair on the back end and they move the puck good. They can trust all four centres. They seem to be playing hard as a group. Did I mention the goalie’s good?”

….The Canadiens now share the NHL record with Buffalo (1975-76) for most consecutive wins, all in regulation time – eight.

….The Canadiens need to beat Toronto and then win in Vancouver on Tuesday to equal the record for most consecutive wins to start a season – ten (1993-Toronto; 2006-Buffalo).

….Excluding goaltenders, the Canadiens are the only NHL team to start the same lineup in every game this season.

….In eight games the Canadiens have outscored their opponents 30-9.

….The Canadiens have won seven straight and eight of the last ten vs. Toronto. Five of the seven consecutive wins were decided by one goal – three in overtime or shootout.

….The last time Toronto beat the Canadiens was 5-3 January 18, 2014 – Jonathan Bernier’s only career win vs. Montreal.

….Toronto has won one game this season (1-3-2). They have earned at least a point in three of their last four games (1-1-1). This season Toronto has scored 13 goals and allowed 19.

….The Leafs have scored one goal or fewer in four of it’s six games

….The Canadiens have outscored their opponents 7-0 in first periods; 9-8 in the second and an extraordinary 14-1 in the third.

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price makes a save off Toronto Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul during first period NHL hockey action Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price makes a save off Toronto Maple Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul during first period NHL hockey action Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

….Carey Price makes his seventh start. He has allowed six goals in six games and has register shutouts in two of his last three games. His GAA is 1.00 and save percentage .966.

….Dating back to the start of last season Price is 5-0 vs. Toronto and has stopped 137 of 145 shots for a .945 save%.

….In 32 career starts against Toronto Price is 18-13-1.

….Jonathan Bernier has a career record of 1-6-3 vs. the Canadiens including six losses in a row.

….Jonathan Bernier has a career record of 1-6-3 vs. the Canadiens including six losses in a row.

….In his last start Bernier allowed one goal on 35 shots Wednesday at Buffalo but lost 2-1 in a shootout. He is winless this season despite a 2.39GAA and .924save% in four starts.

….Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and Andrei Markov share the Canadiens scoring lead with nine points.

….Plekanec has two goals and four assists in a four game point streak. Gallagher has three goals, two assists in his last three games.

….The Plekanec/Pacioretty/Gallagher line has scored 14 goals in eight games.

….With six goals Pacioretty is in a four-way tie for the league goal scoring lead with Jamie Benn, Zach Parise and Tyler Toffoli.

….Andre Markov‘s five point game Friday tied a Canadiens record for most points by a defenseman on the road. Part of that was his 500th career point.

….The defense pair of Markov and P.K. Subban have eight assists each and are a combined plus-27 to start the season.

….The top five players in the league’s plus/minus statistics are all members of the Canadiens led by Markov at plus-14. (Subban +13; Pacioretty +11; Plekanec +10; Gallagher +8)

….Four Canadiens players are still looking for their first goal of the season – Devante Smith-Pelly, plus defensemen Nathan Beaulieu, Alexei Emelin and Tom Gilbert. Only Emelin and Gilbert are without a point after eight games.

….Toronto’s leading scorer is Daniel Winnik with four points. Only three members of the Leafs have scored more than one goal this season – Leo Komarov (3); James van Riemsdyk & Joffrey Lupul (2).

….Toronto recalled centre Byron Froese from their Toronto Marlies AHL farm team Friday.

 

Toronto Line Combinations & Pairings

21-James van Riemsdyk 43– Nazem Kadri 47-Leo Komarov

26-Daniel Winnik 46-Nick Spaling 19-Joffrey Lupul

23-Shawn Matthias 33-Mark Arcobello 28-Brad Boyes

40-Michael Grabner 56-Byron Froese 15-P.A. Parenteau

33-Matt Hunwick 3-Dion Phaneuf

36-Scott Harrington 44-Morgan Rielly

46-Roman Polak 52-Martin Marincin

45-Jonathan Bernier

Injuries – Tyler Bozak (IR lower body); Jake Gardiner (IR undisclosed); Stephane Robidas (IR knee/groin); Nathan Horton (LTIR back)

Healthy Scratch – Peter Holland