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Canadiens at Maple Leafs preview

Toronto trying for third straight win; Montreal seeks first victory of season

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

CANADIENS (0-0-1) at MAPLE LEAFS (2-0-0)



The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try for their third straight win to start the season when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

Goalie Michael Hutchinson will make his first start of the season for Toronto after Frederik Andersen made 28 saves in a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

Goalie Carey Price, who made 40 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Canadiens' season opener on Thursday, will start for Montreal.


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi had a goal against the Hurricanes. The 19-year-old had 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 79 games as a rookie last season.

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner had two goals and an assist against the Blue Jackets. He has four points (two goals, two assists) in his first two games this season.


They said it

"If you're just going to worry about defending against them, you are not going to have much success. We have to do our job against a team that really resembles a lot the last team we played in Carolina. We have to rely on our strengths. We feel we're pretty deep from the first line to fourth line and throughout the game, have everybody contribute to our success." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien

"He's a real good person, Freddie Andersen likes him, Steve Briere (goaltending coach) likes him, he's got good work habits and people with those continue to get better. If you look at our first month, he's got four big games so we need to be in a situation where we have a guy we can count on. Nothing like Saturday night at home against Montreal so good [chance] for him." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on Hutchinson


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki

Jonathan Drouin -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia

Paul Byron -- Nate Thompson -- Jordan Weal

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Ben Chiarot -- Jeff Petry

Brett Kulak -- Cale Fleury

Carey Price

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Nick Cousins, Mike Reilly, Christian Folin

Injured: Noah Juulsen (headaches)


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Kasperi Kapanen -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Trevor Moore

Dmytro Timashov -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie

Rasmus Sandin -- Martin Marincin

Michael Hutchinson

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Jason Spezza, Justin Holl, Nic Petan

Injured: Zach Hyman (ACL), Travis Dermott (shoulder)


Status report

The Canadiens are expected to use the same lineup as they did against the Hurricanes. … Timashov, Shore and Marincin will play after all were healthy scratches against the Blue Jackets.


Stat pack

Domi had six assists in four games against the Maple Leafs last season. … Rielly's three assists against the Blue Jackets marked his sixth three-assist game. Only three defensemen in Maple Leafs history (Borje Salming, 29; Tomas Kaberle, 12; Ian Turnbull, 8) have recorded more such games.

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