Game Thread: It's Rivalry Night as Habs Visit Leafs
So who wants two points?
The Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing streak, with a 4-1 win over Minnesota earlier this week, so we know they are hungry for them. The Canadiens meanwhile tossed away a second point in last night's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Regardless of where they are in the standings though, this rivalry tends to bring the best out of both clubs.
The Leafs penalty kill is dead last in the league, but they have been perfect in the 13 times they've had to defend shorthanded in 2012. Otherwise translated, Ron Wilson's club has been playing disciplined hockey in January.
Jonas Gustavsson gets the start in goal for the Leafs. "The Monster" is 3-1-1 (2.44, .913) lifetime against the Habs.
Joffrey Lupul, named an alternate captain for next week's All-Star game, is more than on pace for a career year is socring. He already has 51 points (his personal best is 53), has four points in his last two games.
Mikhail Grabovski has eight points in his last eight for the Leafs. Thirty of Phil Kessel's 50 points on the season have come in 24 home games.
Carey Price will be back in goal for the Canadiens, and is 0-1-1 this season against the Leafs.
The game also marks Tomas Kaberle's first visit to Toronto in a Habs uniform.
Petteri Nokelainen suffered a lower body injury on Friday, and could be a game time decision tonight.
Tonight's game is dubbed "Rivalry Night" at the Air Canada Cente. Expect a pre-game ceremony featuring several former Habs and Leafs greats. Alumni teams from both clubs met last night in Hamilton, as part of the AHL Outdoor Classic.
MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP
Travis Moen - Lars Eller - Andrei Kostitsyn
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Michael Blunden
Mathieu Darche - Scott Gomez - [double shift]
Hal Gill - Tomas Kaberle
Carey Price - Peter Budaj
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS PROJECTED LINES
Matthew Lombardi - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur - Mikael Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin
Joffrey Lupul - Tim Connolly - Nazem Kadri
Joey Crabb - David Steckel - Mike Brown
Carl Gunnarsson - Mike Komisarek
Jonas Gustavssonn - James Reimer
Ron Wilson Pre-Game
Canadiens vs Maple Leafs coverage
Leafs coverage from our SBN rivals at Pension Plan Puppets
Some writing by a Leafs fan for you to disect.
Don Cherry's "rat" on using Scott Gomez in last night's shootout