Preview and GDT: Maple Leafs at Canadiens (7 p.m., CBC)

Preview and GDT: Maple Leafs at Canadiens (7 p.m., CBC)

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Team Records: Leafs – 0-0-0 vs. Canadiens – 0-0-0
2013-14 Season Series: 0-0
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The Toronto Maple Leafs vs The Montreal Canadiens. One of the longest, fiercest rivalries in all of sport and the biggest in the National Hockey League. As always, both teams have a lot to prove. Both were said to have aberrations of seasons in 2012-2013. The Leafs rode unsustainably high shooting percentages and out-worldly goaltending. The Canadiens were a fancystats wet dream—high possession numbers—a good coach, solid defense and goaltending. Gamewatchers see a Habs team with a bad makeup, a lack of talent and size up front, where you need to be best.

The Maple Leafs, as we heard ad nauseum, were one of the worst possession teams in the league, and defied advanced statistics predictive nature by scoring off the rush—usually on odd man rushes—and with little-to-no zone time at all, using their now trademark quick-strike offense to put up big offensive numbers. The Maple Leafs have gained the reputation as the fastest team in the league and look to exploit weaknesses in transition play against teams that are caught napping.

If we are certain of anything, this will be a black and blue hockey game, full of fistacuffs and with emotions running high.

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs The Montreal Canadiens

Toronto Maple Leafs vs The Montreal Canadiens Lineups, Oct. 1st, 2013
Forwards  
JvRBozakKessel
LupulKadriRaymond
AshtonBollandKulemin
OrrMcClementBodie
Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
GardinerFranson
FraserRanger
Goalies
Reimer
Bernier
854 comments
Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

Ashton has to learn how to defend hiemslf, Tinordi is a tin man, one punch and he will go down, I saw him get destroyed by a 5'10 guy in London, he is soft, can't take a punch.

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

Nice win, two points the habs will never see.  Parros was on the ice longer than usual tonight!

ingy56
ingy56

Will Acton in the lineup for Edmonton.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Carlyle doesn't seem to upset about the 3rd goal. Said mistakes happen ,we just wanted to keep the fans in the building lol

TOHockeyNut
TOHockeyNut

Bodie played a great game tonight in his limited roll.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

First game of the season and Leafs go into Habbieland.....beat up on them and win the game.  It's a team game and we won.....doesn't have to be pretty...we got the two points and that's what matters.....No worries or complaints here....GO LEAFS  GO!!!   :)  Be back...gonna have a puff to  celebrate the win.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

Montreal have to go to the league next year and beg them not to play the Leafs opening game. We always seem to take someone down, tonight there were 2 players plus the win. Taste so good lol

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

After 20+ games, the Leafs bury the Habs if the game is anything like tonight. A lot of missed opportunities to score. Patience for this team to get it all together and nobody will be disappointed.

Hopefully Parros is not hurt seriously.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

time to light up mason....er.....emery.....er.....mason.....tomorrow 

MollySweats
MollySweats

James Greensmith @Majer_Raver 8m

Parros must be used to the softer ice in Anaheim and Florida...#toosoon

MollySweats
MollySweats

How much does this loss suck for the Habs...Parros down, Pacioretty down...2 points down.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Franson played 25.5 minutes tonight. 

Jordan29
Jordan29

This gam was the reason I think the management dont have much faith in Reimer. He had a great game but just cant seem to make that high pressure save like Price did a bunch to keep it close. Bitch at me all you like but its true, Gardiners fault but it would be nice to have a goalie who makes those saves more then often (like in game 7 Bos)

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@wiski I just dont get how you sit a young player for making a few mistakes. ALL young players make mistakes. Even veterans make mistakes. I watched Franson make 3 passes in a row in the 3rd that all went to the stick of the Habs players. These things happen. Too many people ready to jump all over Gardiner who is a very exceptional talent. Give it a rest.

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

@wiski Ranger was worse. Much worse. Carlyle is killing Jake's buzz (even though he needs work)

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@wendelsway1 The one ace in the hole for the Habs was Parros and now he's down and out, they're the lowly Smurfs again. Toughness is not just one fighter, it's through the the entire system/organization. Habs learned that the hard way tonight. No surprise.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@LeafsForLife That last PP was nasty, the passes they were trying, between the legs to the opposite side, oh man. Once the PP starts clicking look out.

Gerg3d
Gerg3d

He didn't look any worse than Price on Bozak.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Jordan29 I have to agree, that 3rd goal went short side, Eller was not going to get around. He needs to stand his ground. But he won, so what do I know lol

Leafbites
Leafbites

@Reversethecurse67 @wiski Jake did a lot of little things well tonight, but once again, he has a few mental blunders at inopportune occasions. He's got to play simple hockey.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@DJBrianBurke @LeafsForLife Bozak missed 2 of 3 shots that were basically open nets on the 2 he missed. I think all the bozie haters will be shut up midway thru the season.

Jordan29
Jordan29

@rustynail @Jordan29 We did, didnt fucking say we didnt. But if your ok with "good enough" and " pretty good" then thats you. I want better

GreekGod
GreekGod

@Loric76 @Jordan29 

It's the mental aspect is what he is getting at. Instead of standing his ground. He backs of Eller and gives him the whole side of the net