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Hutchinson expected to start for Toronto; Domi seeks to extend point streak to eight for Montreal

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (6-4-2) at CANADIENS (4-4-2)



The Game

Michael Hutchinson is expected to start in the second of back-to-back games for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Toronto, with Frederik Andersen in goal, defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 Friday for its fourth win in seven games (4-2-1). Hutchinson is 0-2-1 with a 4.02 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in four games this season.

Carey Price will likely start in goal for Montreal, which will try to avoid a third straight loss after going 3-1-0 in its previous four games.

The Canadiens have allowed 11 power-play goals, tied with the Los Angeles Kings for most in the NHL, and their penalty killing success rate of 67.7 percent is 30th in the League.


Players to watch

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games, and 16 points (12 goals, four assists) in 12 games against Montreal.

Canadiens forward Max Domi has eight points (two goals, six assists) during a seven-game point streak.


They said it

"We wanted a bounce-back game, get back in the win column, and then back-to-backs, we haven't been too good on them. So, we've got another test [Saturday] in Montreal and we've got to rest up, recover, and get ready to go." -- Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews after Toronto's victory against the San Jose Sharks on Friday

"It's mistakes that we're making within here. The system's in place and we've seen that when we do it well, it works. And when we step away from that or we're not in the right position is when we're getting scored on. So, it's just a matter of making sure that everone's in the correct position and we're all on the same page." -- Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry on penalty killing struggles


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Mitchell Marner

Trevor Moore -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen

Dmytro Timashov -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie

Kevin Gravel -- Justin Holl

Michael Hutchinson

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Nic Petan, Martin Marincin

Injured: John Tavares (broken finger), Zach Hyman (ACL), Travis Dermott (shoulder)


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Jonathan Drouin -- Max Domi -- Joel Armia

Paul Byron -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Artturi Lehkonen

Nick Cousins -- Nate Thompson - Nick Suzuki

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Mike Reilly -- Jeff Petry

Ben Chiarot -- Cale Fleury

Carey Price

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Jordan WealChristian Folin, Brett Kulak

Injured: None


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock did not expect Hyman nor Dermott to be available to play in Montreal when he was asked about their status after the game Friday.


Stat pack

Marner has five assists in his past four games. … Muzzin has five points (one goal, four assists) in the past five games. … Kapanen has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past three games. … Weber has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past four games. … Danault has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past three games.

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