Game Thread: Do You Need to Know who the Habs are Playing?

The Montreal Canadiens travel to the "Centre of The Hockey Universe" to face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the ACC. GIven the Leafs Stanley Cup and playoff droughts of late, "The Black Hole of The Hockey Universe" might be more like it.

The Leafs are currently sitting in the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, in a pack of five teams sperated by just five points. Their playoff chances are better than the Habs, who will need miracle run to hit the post season.

The Habs are on a roll, having won three straight, so a chance to take a piece out of the Leafs playoffs hopes couldn't please them more.

Unlike Toronto teams of the past, Ron Wilson has his boys doing a great job of holding the lead after two periods. The Leafs are 20-0-1 after 40 minutes, fifth best in the league. The Habs will not want to be behind, especially in the Blue and White's barn.

The Canadiens had no problem in Toronto in their last meeting, pulling out a 3-1 win for their first win of the regular season series. The Leafs took the first two games,

James Reimer gets the start in goal for the Leafs. Reimer is 2-1-0 (2.70, .919) with a shutout in his career against the Canadiens.

Mike Komisarek will be a healthy scratch for the Leafs.

The Leafs will honor Mats Sundin's Number 13 in a pre-game ceremony. Sundin's Former teammate Tomas Kaberle will take the ceremonial faceoff for the Canadiens

Randy Cunneyworth will decide on his lineup following the warm up. Vegas has it at even money whether he starts six or seven defensemen tonight.



Erik Cole - David Desharnais - Max Pacioretty

Rene Bourque - Lars Eller - Louis Leblanc

Travis Moen - Tomas Plekanec - Mathieu Darche

Aaron Palushaj - Scott Gomez - Andrei Kostitsyn


Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Tomas Kaberle

Hal Gill - Raphael Diaz - Chris Campoli


Carey Price - Peter Budaj




Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Clarke MacArthur - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin

Matthew Lombardi - Tim Connolly - Joey Crabb

Mike Brown - David Steckel - Colby Armstrong

Defense Pairings

Dion Phaneuf - Carl Gunnarsson

John-Michael Liles - Cody Franson

Jake Gardiner - Luke Schenn


James Reimer - Jonas Gustavsson

Canadiens vs Maple Leafs coverage

Leafs coverage from Pension Plan Puppets who's minions will be certain to drop by with a few "F the Habs" and mid-90's quality animated gifs throughout the evening.

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