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MTL@TOR: What you need to know

The Canadiens open the 2021-22 season in Toronto on Wednesday

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

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Following six preseason games, the Canadiens are in Toronto to open the 2021-22 campaign opposite the Maple Leafs. The last time the two rivals faced off competitively was Game Seven of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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On Wednesday, several new faces should get their first taste of the long-time rivalry, with Christian Dvorak, Mathieu Perreault, Cedric Paquette, David Savard, and Chris Wideman expected to make their Canadiens debuts.

Claimed off waivers from the Leafs on Sunday, Adam Brooks will join the team in Toronto, but is not expected to be in uniform.

On offense, the Jonathan Drouin, Dvorak, and Josh Anderson line will notably be one to watch following an impressive showing through the exhibition schedule.

Barring any last-minute changes, Jake Allen will get the start in goal.

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At the other end of the ice, the Leafs will be looking to continue their regular season success after finishing first in the North Division in 2020-21. They'll need to do so however without center Auston Matthews for the first week of the season, and winger Ilya Mikheyev for several weeks. Jack Campbell should get the start in goal for Toronto.

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Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, as well as TSN 690 and 98,5 fm.

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