Canadiens vs Maple Leafs game thread

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The Habs face the Leafs, as both teams jockey for playoff positioning.

Michel Therrien has decided to sit rookie Jarred Tinordi after his gaffe against the Blue Jackets. This is yet another one of his patented moves to instill confidence in young players that we've seen from the coach.

There is however some good news, as the Habs practiced with Alex Galchenyuk at centre, albeit with Rene Bourque on his wing. Therrien has maintained that Galchenyuk might not actually start the game down the middle, so we'll have to keep an eye on the game time lineups.

Bourque will slot into the lineup at the expense of Ryan White, and Francis Bouillon will continue to receive top pairing minutes alongside P.K. Subban. Because....Therrien.

James Reimer is expected to get the start for the Leafs, as Jonathan Bernier continues to recover from a groin injury. David Bolland should be in the lineup for the first time since the season threatening injury that forced him to miss 56 games.

Tale of the tape:

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Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST.

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Thomas Vanek
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque Daniel Briere Brian Gionta
Travis Moen Lars Eller Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov Alexei Emelin
Francis Bouillon P.K. Subban
Douglas Murray Mike Weaver
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Scratches: Jarred Tinordi, George Parros, Ryan White

Injuries: Michael Bournival (concussion, day-to-day), Josh Gorges (fractured hand, 1 week), Brandon Prust (upper body, out for the remainder of the season)

As for the Leafs:

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
James van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul Nazem Kadri David Clarkson
Mason Raymond Dave Bolland Troy Bodie
Nikolai Kulemin Jay McClement Colton Orr
Left Defense
Right Defense
Carl Gunnarsson Dion Phaneuf
Cody Franson Jake Gardiner
Morgan Rielly Tim Gleason
Goaltenders
James Reimer
Drew MacIntyre

Check out the opposing side at Pension Plan Puppets.

The game will be available in Canada on CBC, RDS and online at the Hockey Night In Canada website.

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