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Game Preview: Canadiens vs Maple Leafs

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
CANADIENS (23-20-4) vs MAPLE LEAFS (17-20-8)

TV: CBC, NHL-US, TVAS 7:00 p.m.

Looking to snap out of their current funk, a classic Saturday night matchup against the Maple Leafs awaits the Canadiens in Toronto.

On Tuesday night, the Habs fell 4-1 to the rival Boston Bruins on home ice at the Bell Centre. Mark Barberio would score the lone goal for the Habs in the loss, his first career NHL goal as a member of the Canadiens organization.

In the Leafs camp, a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night was followed by  a 1-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. Jordan Staal scored the game-winning-goal with just two minutes remaining in overtime, solving Leafs netminder James Reimer, who turned aside 40 of the 41 shots he faced against the Hurricanes.

Both Nathan Beaulieu and Tom Gilbert returned to practice in Brossard, and have joined their teammates on route to Toronto. Meanwhile, Paul Byron sidelined with lower-body injury is expected to miss the next week of action.

After being called up on Thursday afternoon from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, Daniel Carr suited up for practice, too. He skated on a line with Tomas Fleischmann and Lars Eller.

In addition, following practice coach Therrien confirmed that Mike Condon will get the nod between the pipes against the Maple Leafs. Condon will face the Maple Leafs for the first time in his career, as Carey Price started the two previous contests against the Leafs back in October.

Following Saturday night’s contest, the two Original Six teams will meet one last time on February 27, 2016 at the Bell Centre.

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