Pre-season Game 5: Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
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They say wins don’t matter in the pre-season, but Montreal has now played four games without one, and would like to at least look competitive versus the team they’ll face on opening night a little more than a week from now. To that end, some new players will be entering the formation for the first time.
Tonight will offer fans a first glimpse of Sean Monahan in game action, as he will play between Jonathan Drouin and another newly healthy forward, Josh Anderson. The Habs will run a number of projected opening-night starters in the top nine, while conducting more stress tests on the blue line.
It will be a challenge for the likes of Otto Leskinen, Arber Xhekaj, Justin Barron, and newcomer Madison Bowey, because the Maple Leafs have a lot of their own starters in Montreal for the game, aiming for a pre-season sweep of their rivals as they try to set the tone for a new season.
Montreal Canadiens projected lineup
Looks like this for Habs vs. the Leafs tonight:— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) October 3, 2022