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Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs: Preason Game 1 — Thread, roster & lines

Hockey is back!

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Granted, it's a preseason game, but the Montreal Canadiens will be back on the ice tonight after a four-month hiatus - their last game played on May 12th in Tampa Bay on a dark night that ended their season.

Tonight, we'll get to witness that glimmer of the start of a new season: camps are in full swing, and countless players are tagging along with the big team trying to make an impression in the twilight of the real NHL schedule on the horizon. Tonight, we'll be seeing a Canadiens lineup entering into its first real competition (after the intra-squad game they played on Sunday). The Habs' lineup has a good mix of veteran players and youth, with Carey Price slotted in to start in net, and Tomas Plekenac and Brendan Gallagher set to start on the top line; on the youth side, a 4th line of Tim Bozon, Gabriel Dumont and Christian Thomas could be a threatening combination if given time to gel.

The Leafs are coming off of split-squad games against the Sens played in Ottawa and Toronto last night. The Leafs won both games - in Mike Babcock's unofficial coaching debut behind the Leafs' bench - by a score of 4-1 in Toronto, and 4-3 in Ottawa. It was the vets who provided the sting for the Leafs in both games, with Habs' exile P.A. Parenteau scoring twice in Toronto and Joffrey Lupul scoring twice in Ottawa. It doesn't mean much to analyze the data too deeply in preseason games. As Carey Price once said about the "Exhibition Season": "chill out". But, it is interesting to note that the Leafs were positive on the CF side in both games, collectively 123-101 CF over the Sens, in their first games under the Mike Babcock regime.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST. Lineups will be updated closer to game-time.

In Canada (English): TSN4
Regional: RDS
On the radio: TSN 690 / TSN 1050

Projected lineups below:

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Sven Andrighetto Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Jacob De la Rose Torrey Mitchell Zack Kassian
Daniel Carr Michael McCarron Devante Smith-Pelly
Tim Bozon Gabriel Dumont Christian Thomas
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Jarred Tinordi Greg Pateryn
Mark Barberio Darren Deitz
Carey Price
Zachary Fucale

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Leo Komarov William Nylander Mitch Marner
Curtis Glencross Kasperi Kapanen Casey Bailey
Josh Leivo Frederik Gauthier Zach Hyman
Matt Frattin Byron Froese Nikita Soshnikov
Left Defense
Right Defense
Jake Gardiner Rinat Valiev
Travis Dertmott Mark Fraser
Scott Harrington Andrew Campbell
Antoine Bibeau
Garret Sparks

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