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TOR@MTL: Five things you need to know

After being eliminated from playoff contention, the Canadiens will close out the 2018-19 campaign on Saturday night against the Maple Leafs

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday night's game against the Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.

1. The Canadiens were mathematically eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoff race on Friday night after the Blue Jackets downed the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York. All Columbus needed was a victory in any fashion, and they secured a 3-2 shootout win on a goal by Artemi Panarin. The Rangers certainly made things interesting and gave the Habs' faithful hope that Saturday night's contest versus the Maple Leafs might still mean something in the standings. Trailing by a goal late in the third period, Pavel Buchnevich tied things up with just seconds remaining in regulation time. But, Columbus wasn't going to be denied in the end. 

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2. While things didn't work out for Claude Julien's contingent in terms of securing a playoff berth, the Canadiens still have every reason to be proud of their remarkable effort this season. There's no denying just how far they've come in the span of a year.

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3. The Habs were most recently in action in Washington on Thursday night where they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Capitals. Captain Shea Weber scored for Montreal, while Carey Price was outstanding with a 29-save effort between the pipes. Following Saturday's morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex, Julien confirmed that Charlie Lindgren would get the start in goal against Toronto. For his part, Ryan Poehling will make his NHL debut. He will center a line flanked by Nicolas Deslauriers and Jordan Weal. Meanwhile, Paul Byron won't be in uniform due to a wrist injury. 

Video: MTL Recap: Weber scores lone goal in 2-1 loss to Caps

4. For their part, the Maple Leafs are riding a two-game losing streak, falling to both Carolina and Tampa Bay of late. Mitch Marner leads Toronto with 93 points (26 goals, 67 assists), while John Tavares' 47 goals is tops on the team. According to head coach Mike Babcock, Ron Hainsey, Nikita Zaitsev, Travis Dermott and Jake Muzzin won't be playing tonight.

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98, 5 fm. At the end of the contest, every player on the roster will hit the ice to meet randomly-drawn winners and hand over the jerseys off their backs. Stay tuned to the central scoreboard to find out if you're sitting in one of the lucky seats.

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