Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens – 9/2/2019 – Game Day Preview

Time: Saturday, February 9th,  2019

Toronto: 33-17-3 for 69 points

Montreal: 31-18-6 for 68 points

The Toronto Maple Leafs look to keep winning as they start a road trip in Montreal. Leafs look to reinvigorate the rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens.

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner –65 points (20 goals 45 assists)
John Tavares – 58 points (32 goals 26 assists) 54% on face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 53 points (14 goals 39 assists)
Auston Matthews – 47 points (24 goals 23 assists) 53% on Face-offs)

Max Domi – 47 points (17 goals 30 assists)
Jonathan Drouin – 46 points (17 goal 29 assist)
Phillip Danault – 40 points (11 goal 29 assists)
Tomas Tatar – 39 points (16 goal 23 assists)

Frederik Andersen
24-11-2 2.56GAA .923SV%

Carey Price
23-13-4 2.52GAA .916SV%

 

Lineups:

Toronto:

Patrick Marleau – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Connor Brown – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Andreas Johnsson – Pars Lindholm – Frederik Gauthier

 

Morgan Rielly  – Jake Muzzin

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Ron Hainsey

 

Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks

 

Scratched: Justin Holl & Igor Ozhiganov

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back),Tyler Ennis (Leg)

Suspension: None

 

Montreal:

Jonathan Drouin – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher

Tomas Tatar– Max Domi– Matthew Peca

Artturi Lehkonen –  Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Joel Armia

Nicolas Deslauriers – Michael Chaput – Charles Hudon

 

Victor Mete – Shea Weber

Mike Reilly – Jeff Petry

Brett Kulak – Jordie Benn

 

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

 

Scratched: None

Injuries: Andrew Shaw, Paul Byron

Suspension: None

 

Keys to Winning against Montreal

  1. Force them to play defence the majority of the game
    1. Some good young players here but if you trap them in their own zone for long periods they won’t be able to hurt you.
  2. Defensive positioning
    1. Be solid down low don’t let them cycle. Break it up and transition quickly
  3. Powerplay
    1. This needs to go in order for the Leafs to be successful.

 

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