Recreation Preview (with contributions from Cole Jurzyniec)
A Look Forward
The Canadiens start the common season with out two of probably the most impactful gamers for the franchise, Carey Worth and Shea Weber. Making the playoffs will probably be a steep problem. Count on rookie Cole Caufield to supply pleasure as he makes a push for the Calder Trophy. And followers returning to the Bell Centre at full capability ought to present an infinite increase to the staff.
Final recreation: MTL 4 TOR 5 F/SO (Exhibition Recreation 6)
Jake Allen For the second, Allen would be the staff’s primary goaltender after a sub-par pre-season. Allen began nicely final season however then received simply seven of his ultimate 24 begins. The Canadiens will want him to convey his ‘A’ recreation to carry down the fort till Carey Worth returns.
Cole Caufield Caufield enters the 2021-’22 marketing campaign with simply 10 common season video games to his credit score. However expectations are excessive that the 20-year-old could make an affect on the Canadiens prime line as a rookie given his chemistry with centre Nick Suzuki.
Christian Dvorak Dvorak comes from Arizona with a little bit of a checkered resume, very efficient when taking part in alongside prime wingers however a passenger when relied on to drive the play. Dvorak will probably be anticipated to fill the skates of Phillip Danault taking part in in key conditions and taking vital faceoffs.
Keys to Victory
Shut down offensive threats Toronto will probably be convey excessive depth hockey to the opening recreation in entrance of their very own followers. The Canadiens should transfer the puck rapidly and never get caught flat-footed. The Habs can’t underestimate the Leafs given the absence of Auston Matthews.
Clear the zone The Leafs dominated the Canadiens at even energy throughout their three pre-season video games. The Habs should do a greater job clearing their very own zone and limiting zone entries by the Leafs.
Keep disciplined It’s early within the season and there will probably be an abundance of penalties referred to as. The Maple Leafs had simply the sixteenth ranked power-play within the league final season however they’ve the offensive expertise to vary that rapidly.
Statistical Matchup for Recreation 1
Scotiabank Area, Toronto, ON | October 13, 7:00 PM ET | TV: TVAS, SN, ESPN+
2020-21 ultimate statistics
78.5 (twenty fourth)
78.5 (twenty third)
“I’d say that proper now we’re just about in the identical scenario we have been in in direction of the top of final yr. Not lots of people imagine in us, so we’ll see what we are able to do to vary that.”
Projected Forwards, Protection and Goaltenders (topic to vary)
Toffoli – Suzuki – Caufield Drouin – Dvorak – Anderson Armia – Evans – Gallagher Perreault – Paquette – Lehkonen
Rielly – Brodie Muzzin – Holl Sandin – Dermott
Kulak – Petry Chiarot – Savard Romanov – Wideman
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Injured: Mikheyev, Matthews
Scratched: Belzile, Niku, Brooks Injured: Edmundson (undisclosed), Norlinder (lower-body), Worth (participant help program), Hoffman (lower-body), Byron (hip), Weber (a number of accidents)
Document (2020-21): 17-3-2 GAA: 2.15 Sv%: .921 SO: 2 Alternate: Petr Mrazek
Document (2020-21): 11-12-5 GAA: 2.68 Sv%: .907 SO: 0 Alternate: Samuel Montembeault
The Maple Leafs exited final yr’s playoffs far sooner than anticipated by the hands of Carey Worth and the Canadiens. Leafs gamers haven’t forgotten and will probably be on the lookout for some payback. And with followers in Scotiabank Area at full capability, the Habs might want to climate the storm early. It will likely be a tall problem for the Canadiens listed as practically two-to-one underdogs for his or her first contest of the common season.
Because the season begins, there are questions on how the season will unfold for Jonathan Drouin, Christian Dvorak and Cole Caufield. This will probably be their first alternative to reply them.