Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens – Game #39 Preview & Projected Lines

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Oct 2, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (39) battles against Montreal Canadiens forward Arturri Lehkonen (46) during a preseason hockey game at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Toronto Maple Leafs (18-12-8, 14th in NHL) vs. Montreal Canadiens (24-9-6, 5th in NHL)

Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST
Arena: Air Canada Centre
Watch: CBC

Now in the third divisional playoff spot, the red-hot Maple Leafs (6-0-1 in their last seven) are looking for their first win over the Montreal Canadiens since January 18, 2014 — 12 meetings ago. The Canadiens are decimated by key injuries while the Leafs enter the game riding high, having scored 29 goals during their precipitous seven-game rise up the standings.


Matchup Stats

Statistics courtesy of SportingCharts.com

StatMonTor
Season Series2-0-00-2-0
Points5444
Record %0.6920.579
Home Winning %0.80.611
Away Winning %0.5560.526
Shootout Winning %0.50.167
Goal Differential Per Game0.740.26
Shot Differential Per Game1.230.45
Hits Per Game21.624.6
PIM Per Game10.210.8
Opponent PIM Per Game8.211.4
Goals Per Game3.033.05
Even Strength Goals Per Game2.312.32
Power Play Goals Per Game0.640.68
Shots Per Game31.133.1
Shots Per Goal10.310.8
Team Shooting %0.0970.092
Power Play %0.2050.215
Goals Against Per Game2.282.79
ES Goals Against Per Game1.542.21
PP Goals Against Per Game0.690.5
Shots Against Per Game29.932.63
Shots Against Per Goal13.111.7
Opp. Team Shooting %0.0760.086
Penalty Kill %0.8070.852
Save %0.9240.915
Goals Against Average2.252.74
Shutouts31
Opponent Save %0.9030.908
Opponent Goals Against Average2.983
Opponent Shutouts12

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines

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Forwards

Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander
van Riemsdyk  – Tyler Bozak – Mitch Marner
Zach Hyman – Auston Matthews – Connor Brown
Matt Martin – Frederik Gauthier – Josh Leivo

Defencemen

Morgan Rielly – Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner – Connor Carrick
Matt Hunwick – Roman Polak

Goaltenders

Starter: Frederik Andersen (Confirmed)
Backup: Antoine Bibeau

Injured: Martin Marincin (lower body), Ben Smith (lower body), Nikita Soshnikov (lower body)


Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines

Forwards

Max Pacioretty – Phillip Danault – Alexander Radulov
Artturi Lehkonen – Tomas Plekanec – Sven Andrighetto
Daniel Carr – Torrey Mitchell – Brian Flynn
Bobby Farnham – Michael McCarron – Nikita Scherbak

Defencemen

Alexei Emelin – Shea Weber
Nathan Beaulieu – Jeff Petry
Mark Barberio – Ryan Johnston

Goaltenders

Starter: Carey Price (Confirmed)
Backup: Al Montoya

Injured: Andrew Shaw, Brendan Gallagher, David Desharnais, Alex Galchenyuk, Andrei Markov, Charles Hudon


Morning Skate: Mike Babcock

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