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Game Day - Maple Leafs - September 26

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- After dropping a 5-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night, the Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Saturday morning prior to flying to Toronto for their third preseason contest in as many nights.

- Goaltenders Dustin Tokarski and Mike Condon made the trip to Toronto, with Condon expected to play the entire game against the Maple Leafs. The 25-year-old netminder got his first taste of preseason action on Thursday, stopping all 21 shots he faced over 32:57 minutes of ice time against the Capitals.

- Max Pacioretty once again took part in the team’s morning skate, as he continues to recover from an offseason knee injury.

- On a line which produced four points on Thursday night, Dale Weise should be reunited with teammates David Desharnais and Tomas Fleischmann on Saturday.

“I’m happy to be playing with Davey. We’re starting to gel. We’ve only played one game with Fleisch so far, but we had fun together,” admitted Weise, who assisted on Fleischmann’s first goal of the preseason against the Capitals. “It’s nice to play a couple of games with the same guys and build some chemistry.”

- For the first time since the start of training camp, Noah Juulsen – who has been sidelined with a concussion – skated with his teammates on Saturday.

“It’s cool to finally be on the ice with the guys. It’s tough to not be able to show the coaches what I can do, but I’m working hard and hope to play at least one game, even if it’s not guaranteed,” explained the Canadiens’ 26th overall pick from the 2015 draft, who also saw his development camp cut short by a shoulder injury. “I’ve been unlucky so far, but hopefully that’ll change soon, especially if I get to take part in a preseason game.”

- Having played 18 games in Montreal a season ago, Christian Thomas hopes to make his stay a more permanent one this year after signing a new two-way contract in July.

“My goal is to stay in Montreal this year,” underlined Thomas, who will take part in his third preseason game of 2015-16. “I’m giving it my all and we’ll see what happens next.”

A native of Toronto, Thomas will suit up in his hometown for the first time as a member of the Habs on Saturday.

“I’ll get to play at home tonight, but unfortunately my parents will be in Tampa,” added the 23-year-old forward, whose father Steve is an assistant coach with the Lightning. “My uncle and some friends will be at the game though, which isn’t so bad.”

- Puck drop at the Air Canada Centre is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on RDS.

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