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Game Preview: Canadiens (0-5-0) vs. Maple Leafs (3-2-0)

The Canadiens face Toronto for the second time in three nights, this time in Quebec City

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens are returning to Quebec City to play an Original Six rival for the second time this preseason, only this time they'll be squaring off against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 The Habs dropped their first exhibition game in the provincial capital on September 18 against Boston, falling 3-2 to the Bruins at the Videotron Centre.

On Monday, the Canadiens played their first of two straight games against the Leafs at Ricoh Coliseum and were defeated 5-1 by the hosts. Jeff Petry scored the only goal for Montreal.

Head coach Claude Julien gave his troops the day off on Tuesday.

Jonathan Drouin will be in uniform after being forced to miss the previous encounter with the Maple Leafs due to an upper-body injury. He'll center a line with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: La formation de ce soir �� Qu��bec.Tonight's lineup in Quebec City. #GoHabsGo

For his part, Andrew Shaw returns to the lineup as well after recovering from a neck injury.

On the back end, Victor Mete will get another shot to strut his stuff alongside Shea Weber.

Carey Price and Zachary Fucale, meanwhile, are the goaltenders making the trip to the provincial capital.

Toronto's win against Montreal marked their third straight victory of the preseason, after posting back-to-back wins against Buffalo over the weekend. They now hold a 3-2-0 record in exhibition action.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night. The game will be broadcast on TSN4 and RDS, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.

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