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Oct. 1, Leafs vs Habs, 7 PM


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Toronto Maple Leafs (0-0-0)

Projected Lineup


James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond - Nazem Kadri - Joffrey Lupul
Nikolai Kulemin - David Bolland - Carter Ashton
Colton Orr - Jay McClement - Troy Bodie

Dion Phaneuf - Carl Gunnarsson
Jake Gardiner - Cody Franson
Mark Fraser - Paul Ranger

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Team Leaders
G Phil Kessel (20)
A Phil Kessel (32)
PTS Phil Kessel (52)
+/- Mark Fraser (+18)
PIMS Frazer McLaren (102)
Injuries: Frazer McLaren
Scratches: David Clarkson (susp.), Morgan Rielly

Montreal Canadiens (0-0-0)

Projected Lineup


Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Daniel Briere
Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Alex Galchenyuk - Lars Eller - Brendan Gallagher
Travis Moen - Brandon Prust - George Parros

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov - Raphael Diaz
Francis Bouillon - Jarred Tinordi

Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Team Leaders
G Gallagher/Pacioretty (15)
A P.K. Subban (27)
PTS Max Pacioretty (39)
+/- Alex Galchenyuk (+14)
PIMS Brandon Prust (110)
Injuries: Davis Drewiske, Alexei Emelin, Douglas Murray
Scratches: Nathan Beaulieu, Michael Bournival, Ryan White

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST TV: RDS, CBC Radio: TSN 690 FM 98.5
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This team has a #1 defense (subban), a #3 defense (markov), 3 #5 defense (Gorges, Boullion, and Diaz), And a #7 (tinordi) on a good team. I really hope they can manage. I will be cheering them on, but I am not excited about this defense.

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Danny Briere with a three point night. Say what you want, but he's a big game player and he's going to fly tomorrow night.

I love this, but if Briere wants to fully assimilate himself into the team then he better lay an egg like the rest of the guys do on opening night.

Our opening game record the last 7 seasons: 2 wins (both in OT) - 5 losses.

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Boy, that configuration on D looks problematic. Diaz and Tinordi should switch slots IMHO...although I guess that would mean too many minutes for Tinordi.

That injury to Emelin is still hurting us.

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Excited for the season to start. Dont have a great feeling about this one though. Experct the Habs to come out very flat. I think we'll end up losing it 4-1 and the only Habs goal will come from Gionta. I'm hoping I'm wrong

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1st goal scored by whoever gets the 1st shot on net!

I just hope there's not a long drawn out pregame ceremony.......... just announce the players and drop the puck.

You know this is the Habs were talking about.

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First goal I'm gonna say is Pacioretty. He had a great pre-season, I'd expect him to come out with a purpose tomorrow night.

Got a feeling we're still gonna drop the game 4-2.

agreed, 67 has looked the most dangerous all pre-season (Subban also has looked super, but more likely to assist on first goal) .

I agree with Brain on the PK being important and heres hoping faceoff % is also better this year.

But I am more optimistic about Price and think he will be fine.

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Hoo boy...with Boo Boo out, we've got two raw rookies on D. Hopefully they will play out of their minds, but the last time we had a defence corps like that was the Fall of 2011. Yowza.

I expect a loss tonight.

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For the past few seasons, the Leafs have seemed to have a knack for looking fantastic in these first-game matchups. I predict we will be brutalized by their truculence.

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