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Game Preview: Canadiens at Maple Leafs

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (0-1-2) @ LEAFS (3-1-0)

TV: RDS, 7:30 p.m.

The Habs and Maple Leafs meet for a second time this week on Saturday, this time at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The Canadiens traveled to Toronto following their morning skate in Brossard and will return to Montreal following Saturday’s action at the Air Canada Centre, marking a rare same-day road trip for Michel Therrien’s men.

Playing their third game in as many nights, the Habs are coming off a 5-1 loss to Chicago on Friday. Newcomer Zack Kassian was the Canadiens’ lone goal scorer, beating Blackhawks netminder Scott Darling with a backhand shot in the second period. Habs hopeful Charles Hudon impressed in the preseason tuneup, firing four shots on goal – second-most among his teammates behind just Brendan Gallagher. Carey Price played the entire game, stopping 26 of the 30 shots he faced.

Following the morning’s reassignments, Saturday’s game will be one of the last for Canadiens hopefuls to impress the Habs brass. Four games remain on the preseason schedule as Therrien continues to trim his roster before the club’s October 7 season opener. IceCaps training camp begins on September 28 in St-John’s, and Michael McCarron, Gabriel Dumont, Sven Andrighetto, Daniel Carr, Darren Dietz, Joel Hanley, Jeremy Gregoire and Bud Holloway will all be in uniform for the Canadiens on Saturday.

Goaltenders Dustin Tokarski and Mike Condon will also make the trip to Toronto, with Condon expected to play the entire game. James Reimer and Garret Sparks should split the work in goal for the Leafs. P.-A. Parenteau meanwhile will not be dressed to face his former team.

In their first game of the preseason, Michael McCarron scored the Canadiens' only goal, while William Nylander got Toronto on the board in the second and Jake Gardiner sealed the Leafs win 16 seconds into overtime.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre. The game will be broadcast on RDS.

Here is Saturday's full lineup:

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