Canadiens vs Maple Leafs - Game Thread

It's finally here, ladies and gentlemen. The NHL's regular season begins in one hour on CBC and RDS with the Montreal Canadiens facing off against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Welcome everyone, the time has finally come. Eyes on the Prize has seen a lot of new commenters, and if you're a lurker thus far and want to comment, head on up to the top right of the page and click "Sign Up". It's quick and easy, and you can interact with the fine folks in the commentariat.

Because there are so many new people, the affable Scott Matla took it upon himself to create a guide to the game thread, which should be helpful in understanding some of the inevitable inside jokes and other nonsense. With that out of the way, let's get on to the game!

Game time is 7:00PM EST, and here are your projected lineups:

Montreal Canadiens Prospective Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Rene Bourque Tomas Plekanec Brian Gionta
Alex Galchenyuk Lars Eller Brendan Gallagher
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Danny Briere
Travis Moen Brandon Prust George Parros
Left Defense
Right Defense
Josh Gorges P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov Raphael Diaz
Jarred Tinordi Francis Bouillon
Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Scratches: Michael Bournival, Ryan White

Injuries: Douglas Murray (4-6 weeks, upper body), Alexei Emelin (indefinitely, knee surgery), Davis Drewiske (4-6 weeks, sprained shoulder)

As for Toronto:

Toronto Maple Leafs Prospective Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
James van Reimsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul Nazem Kadri Nikolai Kulemin
Mason Raymond Dave Bolland Troy Bodie
Carter Ashton Jay McClement Colton Orr
Left Defense
Right Defense
Dion Phaneuf Carl Gunnarsson
Jake Gardiner Cody Franson
Mark Fraser Paul Ranger
James Reimer
Jonathan Bernier

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