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Match Preview: Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs


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The Leafs will wrap up their 2014-15 schedule tonight at Air Canada Centre against the Montreal Canadiens. Jonathan Bernier gets the start in goal against the Canadiens. Bernier is 1-5-2 in his career against Montreal with a 3.11 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage.

Leo Komarov will sit out tonight's finale after picking up a knock against the Blue Jackets. Colton Orr, who was recalled from the Toronto Marlies on Thursday, will play in his place. It is expected to be Orr's final game in a Maple Leafs uniform.

"We know that they're going to be coming, they're fighting for the top spot in the Atlantic right now," said Leafs forward Nazem Kadri. "We're going to be prepared and nothing would be better than to get a win in the last game of the year."

Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens against the Leafs tonight as Montreal looks to leapfrog Tampa Bay into first place in the division. He is 16-13-1 in 30 games against Toronto with a 2.58 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

The Canadiens will ice the same lineup that defeated the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

RECENT RESULTS

The Leafs lost in Columbus on Wednesday night by a 5-0 score. They are 3-6-1 in their last 10.

Toronto is 22-17-1 on the road this season.

The Canadiens come into Saturday's game following a 4-3 win in Montreal over the Red Wings on Thursday night. They are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games.

Montreal is 23-13-4 away from home ice this season.

LAST MEETING

The Canadiens got the better of the Leafs in Montreal in the last matchup between these two clubs, taking a 4-0 win at Bell Centre. Carey Price came out with the win over Jonathan Bernier as Manny Malhotra had the game winning goal.

The Leafs are 0-2-1 against Montreal this season.

ONE TO WATCH

Brendan Gallagher

Gallagher is a well-known entity through 200 games of his NHL career. A small, scrappy forward who owns the real estate just outside a goaltender's blue paint and drives his opponents crazy with feisty play.

Logging minutes alongside Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk, Gallagher completes a tough line for any team to match up against. The trio is responsible in all three zones and drives possession inside the offensive blueline.

His goal, assist and point per 60 production is among the best in the League. If the Leafs are to spoil Montreal's bid for the Atlantic crown, neutralizing Gallagher will be a priority, both on the scoresheet and avoiding invitations to the penalty box.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Here's how the Leafs and Canadiens are expected to line up tonight...

Toronto Maple Leafs

Forwards

21 van Riemsdyk - 42 Bozak - 81 Kessel

15 Lindstrom - 43 Kadri - 18 Panik

20 Booth - 24 Holland - 19 Lupul

28 Orr - 22 Sill - 37 Bailey

Defence

2 Brewer - 3 Phaneuf

51 Gardiner - 44 Rielly

57 MacWilliam - 33 Erixon

Goaltenders

45 Bernier

34 Reimer

Montreal Canadiens

Forwards

27 Galchenyuk - 14 Plekanec - 11 Gallagher

21 Smith-Pelly - 51 Desharnais - 15 Parenteau

25 De La Rose - 81 Eller - 22 Weise

8 Prust - 17 Mitchell - Flynn

Defence

79 Markov - 76 Subban

74 Emelin - 26 Petry

28 Beaulieu - 64 Pateryn

Goaltenders

31 Price

35 Tokarski

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