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Maple Leafs begin Babcock era against Canadiens

Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 7:44 PM

Brian Hunter - Staff Writer

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Maple Leafs begin Babcock era against Canadiens
Montréal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

CANADIENS (0-0-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (0-0-0)

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Season series: The Montreal Canadiens swept four games from the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, including a shootout win on the final day of the regular season to clinch the Atlantic Division title, and have won six straight in the rivalry since a 5-3 Maple Leafs victory at Air Canada Centre on Jan. 18, 2014. Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec led all scorers in the 2014-15 series with four goals and five points. Tyler Bozak had two goals and three points to pace the Maple Leafs. Carey Price opposed Jonathan Bernier in all four games; that's also the scheduled matchup Wednesday.

Canadiens team scope: In its final practice of the preseason, Montreal spent Tuesday working on 6-on-5 extra-attacker situations, as well as 3-on-3 play in preparation for the new overtime rules this season. The Canadiens solidified their roster by claiming forward Paul Byron off waivers from the Calgary Flames. Thirteen players combined to score the Canadiens' 16 preseason goals. Forwards Dale Weise (three) and Alex Galchenyuk (two) were the only players with multiple goals. "I like the makeup, I like the depth of our lines offensively," coach Michel Therrien said. "It's going to allow us to try and create chemistry as fast as possible, and we've already been able to do that during training camp." Forward Max Pacioretty, their leading scorer last season, got into the final two preseason games after recovering from fractures in the tibial plateau of his left knee and averaged 16:31 of ice time.

Maple Leafs team scope: The Mike Babcock era gets underway in Toronto. "There's hope," Babcock said. "For me, it's very exciting and it's a new opportunity. I don't know a lot of things that I would normally know at this time of year, but I think that's exciting too." Bernier begins the season as the No. 1 goalie. He'll also start Friday against the Detroit Red Wings before James Reimer plays Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. Defenseman Frank Corrado was claimed off waivers Tuesday from the Vancouver Canucks and could be an important piece moving forward. The 22-year-old has two goals in 28 NHL games during parts of three seasons but got caught in a numbers game with the Canucks. The Maple Leafs also placed veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas on injured reserve and assigned defenseman Scott Harrington to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Team Stats

2015-2016 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 27 '16 7:00 PM ET at Canadiens
Jan 23 '16 7:00 PM ET at Maple Leafs
Oct 24 '15 7:00 PM ET at Canadiens
Oct 07 '15 7:00 PM ET at Maple Leafs