We placated ourselves with the development camp, the rookie camp, the main training camp, and finally the preseason, but the time has finally come to start the 2014-2015 NHL season.
The Leafs seem poised to finally emerge from their truculence era, as they have replaced useless players like Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren in their lineup with the likes of Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli. The Canadiens have also decided to start the season without a designated goon, which means that instead of wondering how many times George Parros and Colton Orr will punch each other in the face, like we did during last year's opener, we might get to enjoy a fast-paced hockey game.
Nathan Beaulieu will start the game for the Canadiens, relegating Jarred Tinordi to the press box. Although it's worth noting that Tinordi is slated to play tomorrow's game versus the Capitals.
It will be Jiri Sekac's first NHL game, and he'll be playing with Rene Bourque and Lars Eller. Even though Eller is still nursing a lower-body injury, he's still going to start the game, however coach Michel Therrien isn't planning on giving him heavy minutes.
The most interesting line to watch will be that of Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, and Brendan Gallagher. This is the first time in recent memory that Plekanec has started the year with two highly-skilled wingers, and a reduced defensive workload.
|Max Pacioretty||David Desharnais||PA Parenteau|
|Alex Galchenyuk||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Rene Bourque||Lars Eller||Jiri Sekac|
|Brandon Prust||Manny Malhotra||Dale Weise|
|Alexei Emelin||P.K. Subban|
|Andrei Markov||Tom Gilbert|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Mike Weaver|
Scratched: Travis Moen, Michael Bournival, Jarred Tinordi
|James van Riemsdyk||Tyler Bozak||Phil Kessel|
|Joffrey Lupul||Nazem Kadri||Brandon Kozun|
|Leo Komarov||Mike Stanorelli||David Clarkson|
|Daniel Winnik||Peter Holland||Matt Frattin|
|Dion Phaneuf||Stephane Robidas|
|Morgan Rielly||Jake Gardiner|
|Stuart Percy||Roman Polak|
Scratched: Carter Ashton, Josh Leivo. Injured: Cody Franson
Puck drop is at 7:00 EST, at the Air Canada Centre. The game will be carried on TV by Sportsnet and TVA Sports
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Lastly, I'd like to thank everyone that makes this community great (that's you!), and wish everyone a fantastic hockey season. Go Habs Go!