The Toronto Maple Leafs faceoff with the Montreal Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre tonight in one of the most anticipated match ups this year. The last game was a blowout as the Maple Leafs slaughtered the Habs 6-0 on Feb. 9 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Montreal hasn’t suffered a regulation loss after that blowout game on Feb. 9 as they have rebounded and earned themselves a nice 6-0-2 record.
Coming into tonight’s game it marks the third of five meetings between the two clubs this year. The Maple Leafs came out on top in the first two games outscoring the Habs 8-1. But with the recent impressive play by Montreal, tonight’s game won’t be easy.
The Leafs are coming off a win over the Philadelphia Flyers as they defeated them 4-2 in Philly on Monday. Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski and Jay McClement all scored for the Leafs as Ben Scrivens played yet another impressive game between the pipes as he stopped 20 shots. As for the Habs, they are coming off a 2-1 loss in the shootout to the Ottawa Senators on Monday in Ottawa. Andrei Markov scored the lone goal for the Habs in the second period.
- Ben Scrivens will get the nod for the Leafs tonight while Carey Price will get the start for the Habs.
- James Reimer is looking better and better each day and reports suggest Reimer may serve as the back up this evening. If that’s the case, Jussi Rynnas will be sent down to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
- Kessel has two goals and three assists in the last five games. I’d say he’s getting back on track.
- Mike Brown needed a day to rest after suffering a lower body injury in Monday’s game. He say’s he’ll be ready to play tonight if needed
- David Steckel and Mike Komisarek will be the healthy scratches for the Leafs tonight.
- Joffrey Lupul skated this morning and is expected to be back to regular duty sometime next month.
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