Game Day : Habs vs Leafs
The time has finally come. The countdown is finally over. The much anticipated start to the season is just hours away. Let's take a look at what's in store for tonight.
Two original six teams, a life-long rivalry between two storied franchises. Couldn't ask for more.
After a less than mediocre season in Toronto last year, the Leafs will be hitting the ice tonight with something to prove. With a few additions upfront , Versteeg, Armstrong and Brent ( who is this guy), the Leafs look to create more offensive chances. They also made a few tweaks on the blue line adding Lebda and Lashoff. If the Leafs can avoid an 8 game losing streak to start the year, then I guess you can say their off season was a success.
Montreal will be travelling without two of their key defenceman, Markov and Hamrlik. They'll also be without Cammalleri (Suspension) and Carey Price (Flu, game time decision). Toronto will also start the season with injuries on the blueline, Ledba (Shoulder) and Jeff Finger (Undisclosed).
Players to keep an eye on:
82GP 25G 45A 70PTS 5+/- 50 PIM 3 PP 1 SH 4 GWG 216 SOG
70GP 30G 25A 55PTS -8+/- 21 PIM 8 PP 0 SH 5 GWG 297 SOG
Also keep an eye out for Lars Eller. With Cammalleri out of the line up, expect to see him playing along side Plekanec and Andre Kostitsyn.
It's going to be a tough win for either team to pull off tonight. I expect it to be fast paced, full of hits, and Komisarek will probably spend more time in the penalty box than on the ice. I can't think of a better way to kick off the 2010-2011 NHL season.
Links worth a visit:
Kevin Mio's gameday Preview at http://habsinsideout.com/main/37457
Kyle Roussel 's latest blog post at http://www.cowhideandrubber.com/