MTL (24-9-6) - TOR (18-12-8)
TORONTO - The Canadiens will go in search of their third straight victory to begin the brand new year on Saturday night.
They'll be wrapping up their seven-game road swing with a stop in Toronto to play the Maple Leafs.
Michel Therrien's troops are looking for their 13th straight victory over Toronto. Their last loss to their Original Six rivals dates back to January 18, 2014.
The Canadiens have won their last two games - and are thus undefeated so far in 2017. Both of those victories have come by way of overtime-winning goals by captain Max Pacioretty against the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars, respectively.
The Canadiens will be without seven regulars in the lineup on Saturday night, including Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais, Paul Byron, Brendan Gallagher, Andrew Shaw, Greg Pateryn and Andrei Markov.
Russian young gun Nikita Scherbak will make his NHL debut against the Maple Leafs. The Canadiens' first-round pick in 2014 has amassed 20 points - including 10 goals - in 27 games with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps so far this season.
Carey Price will be between the pipes. He'll be looking for his 20th win of the year.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on CBC and TVA Sports, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98, 5 fm.