logo-torontologo-canadiensPreview Game #9

Toronto vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Oct. 23, 2016 – 7:15pm

Season Record – Toronto (2-2-3) 7pts. -6th in Atlantic Division. Canadiens (7-0-1) -15 pts. First in NHL.

Season Series – First of four meetings – Next game Nov. 19 @ Bell Centre.

Last Season – Canadiens 4-0-0 vs. Toronto. Oct. 7, 2015 @ACC Canadiens 3 Toronto 1. Oct. 24 @ Bell Centre Canadiens 5 Toronto 3. Jan,. 23rd @ACC Canadiens 3 Toronto 2 (Shootout). Feb. 27th @ Bell Centre Canadiens 4 Toronto 1.

Last Time Out – Toronto defeated Florida 3-2 at the Air Canada Centre Thursday. Canadiens defeated Tampa Bay 4-2 at home Thursday.

1-tor-emelinHead to Head

….The Canadiens have recorded ten consecutive wins vs. Toronto including a season sweep the last two seasons and the final two games of the 2014-15 season. The last time Toronto defeated the Canadiens was January 18, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre (5-3).

….The last and only other time the Canadiens won ten straight vs. Toronto was 58 years ago (Jan. 2 to Nov 12, 1958)

….The last Toronto win at the Bell Centre was the season opener Oct. 1 2013 (4-3).

….In their last six starts at the Bell Centre Toronto is 0-4-2 and have been outscored 23-10.

….Toronto was victim in both the first and last game of the Canadiens record setting 9-0-0 start to last season.


1-tor-gallagherAbout the Canadiens

…Montreal is looking for it’s seventh straight win. They are the only team in the NHL without a loss in regulation time.

….This will be the final Canadiens game in the month of October. Over the last three seasons the Canadiens October record has been a combined 25-4-2.

….The Canadiens are tied with Edmonton and the Rangers as the highest scoring teams in the league averaging 3.63 goals per game.

….Montreal has, by far the best defensive record, giving up 1.50 goals per game. Edmonton is second at 2.13 per game). The Canadiens goal differential is 2.13

….Michel Therrien will stick with the lineup shuffle he made in the third period of Thursday’s game. Alexander Radulov will be on left wing with Galchenyuk and Gallagher. Max Pacioretty will play with Desharnais and Shaw and Paul Byron shifts to right wing with Plekanec and Lehkonen.

….Shea Weber leads the Canadiens with nine points in eight games. He has failed to register a point in only two games this season, including the win over Tampa Bay Thursday,.

1-tor-danaultAbout the Leafs

….The Leafs are looking for their first road win of the season (0-1-3)

….Toronto’s offense is ranked 5th in the league at 3.43 goals per game but they give up 3.68 goals per game which leaves them 28th.

….Toronto opened the season with six rookies on their roster. They have combines for 32 points (12 g 20a) through the Leafs first seven games.

…..Auston Matthews leads Toronto in goals (6) and points (10). Four of his six goals came in the Leafs season opener at Ottawa.

….Fellow rookies William Nylander and Mitch Marner share the assists lead with five and are second and third in teram scoring.


….Carey Price is 4-0-0 with a 1.51GAA and .947 save percentage.

….Price is looking for his 20th career win vs. Toronto. The only team he has beaten more than 20 times is Boston against whom he has won 23 games in 33 appearances.

….Vs. Toronto Price has a career record of 19-13-1 with 4 shutouts; a 2.55GAA and .920 save percentage.

….The Leafs acquired Frederik Andersen from Anaheim for a first and second round draft pick and signed him to a five year 25 million dollar contract.

….In six starts Andersen is 2-1-3 with an .866 save percentage.

….Andersen has one career start against the Canadiens. While with Anaheim he was a 2-1 winner Dec. 18 2014 at the Bell Centre, stopping 23 of 24 shots. Career vs. Montreal 1-0-0 1.00GAA and .958 save%

Special TeamsPower Play. Toronto ranks 10th 5/21 23.8% Canadiens rank 15th 6/29 20.7%. Penalty Killing – Toronto ranks tied for 16th 5/21 80.0%. Canadiens rank 3rd 3/31 90.3%

Down on the Farm – The IceCaps came back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Rochester Americans (Buffalo) 5-3 in their home opener Friday night. AHL Player of the Week Sven Andreghetto scored the game winning goal He has four goals, three assists his last four AHL games. Also scoring were Scherbak, Gregoire, Samuelsson and Matteau (ENG). Charlie Lindgren was in goal. Daniel Carr, who was assigned to the IceCaps by the Canadiens earlier in the day, was not in the lineup. Rochester will play St. John’s again Saturday night at Mile One Centre.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

47 Alexander Radulov 27-Alex Galchenyuk 11-Brendan Gallagher

62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron

67- Max Pacioretty 51-David Desharnais 65-Andrew Shaw

24-Philip Danault 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn

74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber

79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu 8-Greg Pateryn

31-Carey Price

Injuries – D Zach Redmond (broken foot)

Scratched – D Mikhail Sergachev

Toronto Lines and Pairings

11=Zach Hyman 34=Auston Matthews 29-William Nylander

25-James van Riemsdyk 42-Tyler Bozak 16-Mitch Marner

47-Leo Komarov 43-Nazem Kadri 12-Connor Brown

15-Matt Martin -Ben Smith Seth Griffith

44-Morgan Rielly 8-Connor Carrick

51-Jake Gardiner 46-Roman Polak

52-Martin Marincin 22-Nikita Zaitsev

31-Frederik Anderssen

Injuries – D Matt Hunwick (lower body) LW Joffrey Lupol (IR conditioning) D Stephane Robidas (IR knee); LW Josh Leivo (IR lower body) RW Nathan Horton (LTIR-spine)