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Game #2 ~ Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs. Saturday, October 5th, 2019.


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TORONTO - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.

1. The Canadiens dropped their season opener on Thursday night in Carolina in a shootout after clawing back from a two-goal deficit. Tomas Tatar, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Jordan Weal were the goal-scorers for Montreal, while Carey Price made 40 saves. Rookies Cale Fleury and Nick Suzuki made their NHL debuts in the 4-3 decision in extra time.

2. The Habs had the day off from practice on Friday in Toronto, with only the extra skaters scheduled to hit the ice in the Ontarian capital. We'll have to wait until Saturday's morning skate at Scotiabank Arena to find out if head coach Claude Julien plans on making any changes to his lineup to face the Leafs.

3. Montreal will be looking to exact revenge over its longtime rivals down the 401 after falling to Toronto 3-0 twice in exhibition action. Last season, the Canadiens displayed a 1-1-2 record against the Maple Leafs. In their last meeting, forward Ryan Poehling scored a hat trick and the shootout winner in a thrilling 6-5 win to close out the regular season, although Poehling is starting the 2019-20 campaign with the AHL's Laval Rocket after missing much of the preseason with a concussion.

4. The Leafs opened their season with a 5-3 win over their provincial rivals, the Ottawa Senators, at home on Wednesday night. They'll be playing the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday after beating the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Columbus the night before. Mitch Marner enjoyed a two-goal, three-point performance, Auston Matthews scored his third of the season, and Cody Ceci notched his first as a Leaf in the win.

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on CBC, Sportsnet, and TVA Sports on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio.

https://www.nhl.com/canadiens/news/pregame-canadiens-maple-leafs-five-things-you-need-to-know/c-309745806

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 Here's a look at the forward lines and defense pairings featured at Saturday's morning skate at Scotiabank Arena.

Tatar - Danault - Gallagher
Lehkonen - Domi - Suzuki
Drouin - Kotkaniemi - Armia
Byron - Thompson - Weal
Cousins

Mete - Weber
Chiarot - Petry
Kulak - Fleury
Reilly - Folin

Price
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Michael Hutchinson, who appeared in only five games for Toronto last season with a 2.64 goals-against average and .914 save percentage, is expected to start after Frederik Andersen played in Columbus.

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