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.