MONTREAL - After dropping their first four preseason outings, Claude Julien's troops look to finally put a number in the win column on Monday night in Toronto.
The Original Six rivals won't be doing battle at the Air Canada Centre, though. Instead, the contest will be held at Ricoh Coliseum, home of the AHL's Toronto Marlies.
The Canadiens are coming off a 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Charles Hudon was the lone goal-scorer for Julien's squad in the defeat.
On Sunday, the Canadiens' bench boss ran his troops through a lengthy workout on the South Shore and made a few switches up front. Brendan Gallagher and Ales Hemsky traded places. While Gallagher assumed Hemsky's spot on a line with Max Pacioretty and Jonathan Drouin, Hemsky went to work with Alex Galchenyuk and Phillip Danault.
Five of those forwards will be suiting up against Toronto on Monday; Jonathan Drouin was pulled out in favor of Torrey Mitchell due to an upper-body injury that will be monitored day-to-day. On the backend, 19-year-old blue-liner Victor Mete is slated to skate in a pairing with veteran Shea Weber. Netminders Charlie Lindgren and Al Montoya will be making the trip to Ricoh Coliseum.
For their part, the Maple Leafs are coming off back-to-back wins over the Buffalo Sabres. Toronto boasts a record of 2-2-0 during the preseason.
The Canadiens and Maple Leafs will square off again on Wednesday night at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
Puck drop on Monday night is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on TSN2, TSN4 and RDS, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.