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The Habs are facing a team they have beaten 341 times.

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The Habs seem to be a mystery.  On one hand, they're tried for first in the Eastern Conference with a record of 35-15-4 . On the other hand, they are losing games, and being picked apart by teams like the Coyotes, Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers.

The Canadiens' challenge tonight is a similar menace, disguised in a losing record and clothed in a horrible stretch of 12 losses in the last 13 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs may also have the ability to match the Canadiens, as the Habs were matched on Thursday by Oilers. Having an analytical glance at the Habs, it's clear there are some major issues with the way the Canadiens play, leading to the question if the Habs are a team playing to its full potential.

Carey Price will be back in net tonight, having won 8 of his last 10 starts, with losses to the Sabres and in overtime to the Penguins back in January. The Leafs are a team with multiple players involved in trade rumours, which make them an unpredictable foe. Phil Kessel, Cody Franzen, and even Jonathan Bernier are possible trade targets as the Leafs shop around for the future.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.

In Canada (English): CBC
In Canada (French): TVA
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Dale Weise
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Lars Eller Jacob de la Rose Brandon Prust
Michaël Bournival Manny Malholtra Christian Thomas
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Nathan Bealieu Sergei Gonchar
Alexei Emelin Tom Gilbert
Dustin Tokarski
Carey Price

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Jiri Sekac
P.A. Parenteau (concussion)

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
James Van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel
Daniel Winnik Nazem Kadri Richard Panik
Leo Komarov Peter Holland Mike Santorelli
David Booth Trevor Smith David Clarkson
Left Defense
Right Defense
Morgan Rielly Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner Roman Polak
Korbinian Holzer Stephane Robidas
Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Dion Phaneuf (hand), Joffrey Lupul (lower-body)

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