Game Day: Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Montreal Canadiens
I have decided not to bring up the last Habs’ game, actually I have decided not to bring up any games this season. Let just say the season starts tonight.
Whatever anyone else has to say or whatever anyone else thinks, the biggest rivalry in hockey anywhere in the world is taking place tonight in Montreal. The Leafs are coming off their first regulation loss and are looking for their second win against the Habs this season.
Yes, the Leafs started last season much the same way but we can all agree that this team is different and the optimism flowing on the sidewalks of Yonge street are warranted. More importantly and shockingly the opposite is true in Montreal. If the team does not play up to a certain standard tonight, a change must be made. I am not talking about a change in attitude but a change in personal on the ice and off the ice.
Montreal Canadiens: Many losses in many previous games.
Toronto Maple Leafs: a loss in Boston 6-2
Who to look for:
Every single player on the ice for the Montreal Canadiens needs to play better even Carey Price. Price is the only one who is safe. Every skater should know that he is on the block whether it means a flight to Hamilton or a flight to another city. There needs to be some leadership shown from the vets of the team including Gionta, Cole and Plekanec.
Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul have both had hot starts to the season. The D-core of the team has been steady but it has been their contribution in the boxscore that has helped the Leafs off to their quick start.
Add Scott Gomez to the list of Markov, Spacek, Campoli and White. Scott Gomez will be out at least a week with the famous upper body injury.
Tim Connolly and Colby Armstrong are out for tonights’ game while Clarke MacArthur is a game time decision.
All any Habs fan wants is a win. It doesn’t have to be pretty but it has to be a win. Another loss especially at the hands of the Leafs will not be tolerated.
The game will be on CBC, RDS and broadcast on TSN990 in Montreal at 7 pm EST.
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