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

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens
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There’s no such thing as a “must-win” in November, but boy do the Leafs need a win tonight.

Through 26 games this season, the Leafs and Habs have an identical 14-9-3 record but Montreal is 6-2-2 in their last 10 while Toronto 3-4-3. Both teams lost after regulation last night (Montreal lost to Washington 3-2 in a shootout), so there’s no “tired” excuse for either club tonight. And Montreal was in Washington, meaning they had to travel as well.

The month of November hasn’t been kind to the Leafs as they are 4-5-3, but they can at least break 500 with a win tonight.

There are some changes being hinted at for the Leafs line-up and some interesting things will be to watch Kadri’s and Franson’s ice time as both didn’t play that much yesterday (14:13 and 15:56 respectively). We’ll post the lines when they come in, but regardless of what they are the Leafs need to play a good game here and start feeling confident about their game again.

The Leafs won their first game against the Habs in Montreal and after tonight have one more game remaining in Montreal (March 1st).

Odds are that Bernier is starting tonight because Reimer did yesterday, but Henny tweeted Reimer arrived to the rink first so we’ll find out in due time. The Habs started Budaj last night, unfortunately, so chances are they get Price in tonight.

Enjoy the game, everyone. Go Leafs Go.

Franson is hurt:

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Anthony Petrielli has been at MLHS since 2011. He is known for his weekly "Leafs Notebook" feature, and also writes specific analysis pieces. You can contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @APetrielli.
  • PepTalk

    What’s the feeling for tonight?

  • Burtonboy

    PepTalk Doom

  • Loric76

    all this hinting about line-up changes…what do you guys think?

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    So, apparently Don Cherry is making some sort of proclamation tonight on CC about his future with the show.

  • Waiting4LSC

    And gloom

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Waiting4LSC and Boom

  • Waiting4LSC

    What is your sorce for this optimism. Good feeling or Bon’s recipe.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    TheCanucksnaphook who?

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/YakovMironovhttps://twitter.com/YakovMironov/status/406921692552777729
    If the 2nd intermission can just be a Dinner with Schmucks style mind battle between Stock and Kypreos I’ll be happy

  • PepTalk

    Dangle_My_Berries Waiting4LSC I’m feeling same. We just don’t have the quality of players on the team that we can afford to miss Lupul and Bolland.

  • Loric76

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan TSN hired him

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    PepTalk Dangle_My_Berries Waiting4LSC i think we are gonna be ok. When Bolland and Bozak went down we all agreed that going .500 in the month would be a positive thing, well tonight, we get that chance

  • Waiting4LSC

    Dead on sir! Now can you relay that to the boys!

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    TheCanucksnaphook Dangle_My_Berries no time for sadness around these parts boy…..

  • lieffan

    Go Leafs Go I guess
    We’re fucked in December
    Sorry for the downer post

  • GreekGod

    @lieffan 
    You’re right… we should we even bother showing up to play

  • PepTalk

    Dangle_My_Berries PepTalk Waiting4LSC If it does happen, it will be a monster performance by Bernier.

  • lieffan

    TheCanucksnaphook From where do you draw your optimism

  • Uncle Otis

    Loric76 
    Mensa take note.

  • Loric76

    @lieffan TheCanucksnaphook farts mostly

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    PepTalk Dangle_My_Berries Waiting4LSC i don’t see that being the case, the habs don’t have many big embossing forwards, just gotta hit them hard and often

  • Uncle Otis

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    Betcha he goes down with the CBC ship
    Besides,I heard Bobcat saying he thinks Sportsnet wants to turn the page

  • PepTalk

    Dangle_My_Berries PepTalk Waiting4LSC I agree but as a team we hardly do that anymore.

  • Loric76

    Murph2417 Loric76 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan lol no

  • Waiting4LSC

    They WILL if they want to. Confidence and intensity will fuel want. Refs will decide WILL. Same old same old. But yes, if Leaf Nation can will a win,mthey can will a cup too.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    PepTalk Dangle_My_Berries Waiting4LSC we have certainly gotten away from it a bit, mostly because every hit we make is a penalty, but its still the way we have to play to be successful. Also, not hang back after we have a lead, pressure, pressure, pressure

  • lieffan

    Waiting4LSC You guys are insane with this ref stuff. Face reality here.

  • GreekGod

    TheCanucksnaphook GreekGod 
    LOL… Told them I’d either give Stock a wedgie with those granny panties he’s got on or make Healy tap on national television. Make sure you check in during the second intermission to find out!

  • wiski

    I want a repeat of the 6-1 beat down we gave them last year.

  • Uncle Otis

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    You want cheese and monotonie on that pizza?

  • Waiting4LSC

    Not insane. Leafs should not leave the shoreline to be contested by bad calls. Just saying there have been some bad calls against the Leafs.

  • wiski

    -Keon- I knew someone would correct me 😉

  • PepTalk

    Dangle_My_Berries PepTalk Waiting4LSC Again I agree. We miss Komorov and last year’s blue bombers

  • Uncle Otis

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    Yep…hope you got one of those bad feelings too
    Always good for a deuce :)

  • Uncle Otis

    -Keon- 
    Parros is gonna be in seek and destroy mode
    Should be interesting

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    PepTalk Dangle_My_Berries Waiting4LSC yes, i loved komarov cause above all, his style of game was incredibly consistent. You could always count on him to go out and bang bodies and that had a way of both, dragging our boys into the game, and getting the opposition off their game. Would be nice to see him back in the blue and white some day soon

  • GreekGod

    Dangle_My_Berries PepTalk Waiting4LSC 
    Have a feeling he’ll be back after this season and the Olympics are past us.

  • PepTalk

    Dangle_My_Berries PepTalk Waiting4LSC it will happen as the CAP goes up next year

  • Xxxxxnew

    I think the Leafs started getting the extra ref attention after we toughened up our game last year. Led the league in penalty minutes. Sometime it looks like they watch us too closely, anticipating things are going to get out of hand.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    GreekGod Dangle_My_Berries PepTalk Waiting4LSC heres hoping…..I wanted to get his jersey

  • Uncle Otis

    -Keon- 
    Like I said,should be interesting.
    Pretty even record over the years

  • Uncle Otis

    -Keon- 
    Or Colton
    However my Crown is gonna kick it’s ass tonight. :)

  • PepTalk

    wiski February 9th, 2013. My birthday. Watched it at Real Sports!!

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    TheCanucksnaphook oh snap

  • Xxxxxnew

    Toughest Princetion economics degree holder EVER.

  • Uncle Otis

    Any leaks as to these supposed line-up changes?
    I could see McLaren in for Orr and Reilly for Franson

  • wiski

    PepTalk wiski I have it on computer and made copies for hab fan freinds. 😉

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    parros apparently scratched tonight

  • PepTalk

    wiski PepTalk That was a classic beatdown

  • Uncle Otis

    Dangle_My_Berries 
    Ok,there goes my McLaren idea
    Orr in 4 sure…hope Ashton is there as well