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MTL@TOR: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens can return home from their two-game trip with three of four points with a win in Toronto on Saturday

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

TORONTO - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.

1. The Canadiens dropped their season opener on Thursday night in Carolina in a shootout after clawing back from a two-goal deficit. Tomas Tatar, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Jordan Weal were the goal-scorers for Montreal, while Carey Price made 40 saves. Rookies Cale Fleury and Nick Suzuki made their NHL debuts in the 4-3 decision in extra time.

Video: MTL Recap: Canadiens fall to Hurricanes in SO

2. The Habs had the day off from practice on Friday in Toronto, but were back on the ice on Saturday morning at Scotiabank Arena. Head coach Claude Julien featured the same lines and D pairings he used in Raleigh, so expect him to ice the same lineup against the Leafs. That means Price is expected to get a second straight start, and Suzuki and Fleury should be dressing once again.

3. Montreal will be looking to exact revenge over its longtime rivals down the 401 after falling to Toronto 3-0 twice in exhibition action. Last season, the Canadiens displayed a 1-1-2 record against the Maple Leafs. In their last meeting, forward Ryan Poehling scored a hat trick and the shootout winner in a thrilling 6-5 win to close out the regular season, although Poehling is starting the 2019-20 campaign with the AHL's Laval Rocket after missing much of the preseason with a concussion.

Video: TOR@MTL: Poehling nets hatty, SO winner in NHL debut

4. The Leafs opened their season with a 5-3 win over their provincial rivals, the Ottawa Senators, at home on Wednesday night. They'll be playing the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday after beating the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Columbus the night before. Mitch Marner enjoyed a two-goal, three-point performance, Auston Matthews scored his third of the season, and Cody Ceci notched his first as a Leaf in the win.

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on CBC, Sportsnet, and TVA Sports on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio.


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