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Keys to the Game: Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens

by David Alter / Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens for the final game of the season. Here are three keys to ending the season on a winning note.

Quick Start

Toronto struggled to get into the game early in Columbus. The Blue Jackets responded by putting up goals early and often. The Leafs have the ability to create a lot of chances but it has to be off the hop.

Traffic in front of the net

A lot of success the Canadiens have had this year has been attributed to their goaltending. Montreal is first in the NHL in goals against (2.24 allowed per game), meaning an extra effort is needed in the dirty areas to rack up a lead. Just because their playoff is set, doesn’t mean it will get any easier for Toronto in this area.

One Morr for Orr

Colton Orr was called up to play in what could very well be his final game as a Maple Leaf. After 231 games with the Leafs, Orr has spent all season with the Marlies, but he was called up as gesture for the service he has put in with the Maple Leafs. Orr will give it one more go on what is expected to be an emotional night for the veteran.

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