Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Game Thread

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Two teams that are lucky to be in the Eastern Conference meet tonight, who will prevail?

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It's hockey day in Canada. Montreal and Toronto take center stage as they write another chapter in their longstanding rivalry.

Both teams have been mediocre in their last 10, the Habs going 5-3-2 and the Leafs going 6-4-0 thanks to the shootout.

The last time these two met Montreal won the game 4-2, however Toronto won the opening game of the season by a score of 4-3.

Unfortunately David Clarkson will not be dressed tonight for the Leafs, which is bad news for the Canadiens.

As for the lineup changes on Montreal's side, Nathan Beaulieu will play instead of Raphael Diaz, and struggling winger Rene Bourque will be left aside as newly recalled Joonas Nattinen will slot into the 4th line role.

What should we expect from Nattinen?

Jonathan Bernier will attempt to win his first game of his career vs Montreal and start to validate Toronto's decision to add a goaltender this off-season, rather than bolstering their defence.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM at the Air Canada Centre.

Here are your projected lineups:

Montreal Canadiens Prospective Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Lars Eller Tomas Plekanec Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Michael Bournival Daniel Briere Brandon Prust
Travis Moen Joonas Nattinen George Parros
Left Defense
Right Defense
Josh Gorges P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov Alexei Emelin
Francis Bouillon Nathan Beaulieu
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Scratches: Rene Bourque, Raphael Diaz, Douglas Murray.

Injuries: Davis Drewiske (shoulder surgery, practicing), Alex Galchenyuk (wrist, 4-6 weeks), Ryan White (shoulder, 1-2 weeks).

As for the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Prospective Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
James van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond Nazem Kadri Joffrey Lupul
Nikolai Kulemin Peter Holland Carter Ashton
Troy Bodie Jay McClement Hodorr
Left Defense
Right Defense
Carl Gunnarsson Dion Phaneuf
Cody Franson Tim Gleason
Jake Gardiner Morgan Rielly
Goaltenders
Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Injuries: David Clarkson (elbow), Frazer McLaren (shoulder), David Bolland (ankle) and Trevor Smith (hand).

Check out the opposing side at Pension Plan Puppets.

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