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Game Preview: Maple Leafs @ Canadiens

Montreal and Toronto meet for the first time this season

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL /

TOR (2-2-3) @ MTL (7-0-1)

The Habs host the Maple Leafs in a classic Saturday night match-up at the Bell Centre on Saturday.

On Thursday, Michel Therrien's men came back from a third period deficit to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 and extend their win-streak to six. Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty, and Torrey Mitchell were the goalscorers in the final frame.

Carey Price made 30 saves and will be back in goal against the Leafs on Saturday.

The Habs remain the only team in the NHL to stay unbeaten in regulation, earning at least a point in each of their first eight games.

Although Therrien did not announce any personnel changes against Toronto, there were some new lines on display during Saturday's morning skate, with Alexander Radulov notably on the wing opposite Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk, and Max Pacioretty flanking David Desharnais opposite Andrew Shaw.

At the other end of the ice, the Maple Leafs broke a four-game losing streak on Thursday with a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers. It was Toronto's first win since their home opener on October 15.

Rookie Mitch Marner had three assists in the effort.

First overall draft pick Auston Matthews remains tied for first league-wide with six goals, while his 10 points place him second in that category.

The Habs won all four of their games against the Maple Leafs in 2015-16.

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