Canadiens at Toronto
October 6, 2011 7:05 pm Air Canada Centre
Last Season – Canadiens (44-30-8) 96pts. (6th in East Conf.) Toronto (37-34-11) 85pts. (10th East Conf)
Their Last Meeting – April 9, 2011 @ Bell Centre – Canadiiens-4 Toronto-1 (final game of season). Gionta with 2 power play goals; also White and Plekanec with a SHG. Price 27 saves. Kessel for Toronto. (Leafs miss playoffs for 6thconsecutive season)
Last Season’s Opener in Toronto – October 7, 2010 – Toronto-3 Canadiens-1. Brent, Kessel
and MacArther for Toronto. Dustin Boyd and Halpern for Montreal. Canadiensmissing Cammalleri with suspension. Hamrlik hurt. Leafs outshot the Canadiens 21-12 over last two periods.
The Canadiens and Leafs split the six game season series 3-3.
The Changes – Gone from the April 9the Canadiens lineup vs. Toronto, James Wisniewski, Paul Mara, Roman Hamrlik, Brent Sopel, Benoit Pouliot, Tom Pyatt, Alex Auld. Ryan White currently injured.
The Newcomers – The Canadiens will dress two rookies – defenseman Raphael Diaz and centre Andreas Engqvist. Making Canadiens debut, Erik Cole and Chris Campoli. Toronto – The rookies Jake Gardner, forward Matt Frattin. Making Leafs debut defensemen John-Michael Liles, Cody Franson, David Steckel.
The Absent – Canadiens – Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery re-hab); Ryan White (IR-groin); Lars Eller (re-hab-shoulder surgery); Blair Betts (shoulder). Toronto Clarke MacArthur (suspended) Nazrem Kadri (Knee sprain); Tim Connolly (IR-upper Body)
The Goaltending – Montreal Carey Price won three of four starts last season against the Maple Leafs (37-34-11), compiling a 1.01 GAA with two shutouts and.is 8-6-0 with a 2.45 GAA in 14 career games against Toronto Last season started 70 games finished with career-highs in wins (38), shutouts (8) andsave percentage (.923), and a personal-best 2.35 goals-against average in 72 appearances In training camp – 5 starts, 3.25GAA .882 save%. Toronto-James Reimer was in two games against the Canadiens last year, giving up eight goals. Overall – 20-10-5 with a 2.60 GAA and .921 save percentage in 37 games following his call-up last December. Ordinary in pre-season – with a 3.29 GAA and
.880 save percentage.
Defence Rules –While the Canadiens and Leafs tied for 22nd in NHL team goalscoring averaging an abysmal 2.60 per game, in goals-against the Habs ranked 8th, allowing an average of 2.51 per game while Toronto was 24th overall at 2.99 goals-against per game. The difference between finishing sixth and 10th in the Eastern Conference was the Canadiens record on defence.
…..Waiver claim Blair Betts arrived in the Canadiens camp with a shoulder injury. The Canadiens immediately called up Andreas Engqvist,who will centre their fourth line.
…. This is the second straight year the Canadiens are opening their season in Toronto. hat
the Leafs are hosting Montreal to start the season.. Montreal has started its
season on the road in each of the last 11 years.
…. Maple Leafs finished 21st in the league in offense (2.60 goals per game) and 24th in defense (2.99 gpg),
The Opening Night Lineup
Right Wing Centre LeftWing
21-Brian Gionta 11-Scott Gomez 67-Max Pacioretty
46-Andrei Kostitsyn 14-Tomas Plekanec 13- Michael Cammalleri
72-Erik Cole 51-David Desharnais 52-Mathieu Darche
68-Yannick Weber 63-Andreas Engqvist 32-Travis Moen
76-P.K.Subban 75- Hal Gill
26-JoshGorges 17-Chris Campoli
6-JaroslavSpacek 61-Raphael Diaz
Carey Price (Peter Budaj)