Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs
TV: CBC, TVAS, CITY 7:00 p.m.
The Habs have a chance to sweep the season series, as they face the Maple Leafs for the final time during the 2015-16 campaign on Saturday night in Montreal.
In Wednesday night’s thrilling 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals, forward Alex Galchenyuk potted two goals while defenseman Andrei Markov chipped in with two assists from the blue-line.
After suffering four consecutive losses, Mike Babcock’s troops snapped out of their losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. It is likely that netminder Jonathan Bernier will be in goal for the Maple Leafs after kicking aside 30 of the 31 shots he faced on Thursday night.
Mike Condon is expected to get the nod again on Saturday night after a 33-save effort in Wednesday’s take-down of the league leading Capitals. In one previous start against the Maple Leafs, Condon sports a record of 1-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.85.
In the injury department, Carey Price practiced alone at the Bell Centre with his equipment on while it was announced by the Canadiens that Nathan Beaulieu will miss 2-3 weeks due to an upper-body injury.
Acquired from the Blackhawks on Friday night in return for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann, Phillip Danault was not at practice Saturday morning and as of now remains unclear if we will play his first game with the team against the Maple Leafs. The same goes for newcomers Michael McCarron and Morgan Ellis who were recalled from St. John’s on Friday night. They are expected to arrive in Montreal on Saturday.
Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre.