MONTREAL. The Canadiens are looking to get back on track by hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs for a classic matchup Saturday night at the Bell Center.
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On Thursday, the Canadiens lost emotionally to the Florida Panthers 4-3. In this game Nick Suzuki opened the scoring in the first period, but Montreal took the lead by just seven seconds before the Panthers came on the board. Despite lagging behind for most of the second and third periods, Paul Byron gave his team hope by scoring his third goal of the season with 3:40 left in regulation, but the Canadians were unable to complete the comeback and lost to Florida. Jake Evans scored another Montreal goal, and Jake Allen made 38 saves in the loss.
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Saturday’s meeting is another big meeting for the Martin St. Louis team as they look to finish the 2021–22 season properly. The Habs have only won two of their last eight games, although they have scored at least one point in five of them.
However, Montreal will once again be without a pair of veteran hitters against Toronto. On Friday, the team announced that Brendan Gallagher out for a week due to a lower body injury, and Jonathan Drouin Out indefinitely due to an upper body injury. On Friday, Drouin was on the injured list. Neither player played in Thursday’s loss to Florida.
Ryan Pauling as well as Calais Klag other Montreal players are still unavailable due to injuries.
The Canadiens had a non-mandatory practice on Friday, so they’ll have to wait until Saturday morning’s skate session to get word of the roster changes.
The Leafs, meanwhile, have won three of their last four games and are battling for the best possible position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. In their last game, they came from behind to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday. Ilya Mikheev and Mitch Marner helped Toronto close a one-goal deficit in the second period before Pierre Engval scored the shorthanded winner late in the third period.
The Leafs are comfortably clinging to a place in the series as they are currently tied with Boston for second place in the Atlantic Division with 85 points and a game in hand.
Auston Matthews is favorite for the Rocket Richard Trophy with 46 goals this season and he leads his team with 80 points in 2021/22. Mitch Marner is second with 69 points, while William Nylander and John Tavares are tied for third with 58 points each.
In terms of injuries, Toronto is missing Jake Mazzin (concussion), Jack Campbell (ribs), Ondrej Kase (head) and Rasmus Sandin (knee).
This is the third of four meetings between these two historic franchises. Toronto won Game 1 2-1 on Opening Day in the Ontario capital, while the Canadiens responded with an explosive 5-2 win on February 21 in the third game of a five-game streak that ran from February 17 to 26. .
On Saturday, the Bell Center will host a Night of Indigenous Celebration. A number of events are planned, and several special guests will arrive for the occasion. For more information about the celebration, Click here.
The return of the puck is scheduled for 19:00 at the Bell Center.
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