Sport Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs: Live score, updates, highlights from season-opening game
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The last time these two teams met, the Canadiens celebrated ending the Maple Leafs' season.
On May 31, the two Original Six squads faced off in a winner-take-all Game 7 that saw Montreal complete the comeback of a 3-1 series deficit with a 3-1 win. A season of "All or Nothing" was nothing for the Leafs, whose Stanley Cup drought of 54 years marched on with the defeat.
But now the calendar has flipped to October. Both teams have seen changes since then, and both teams will be without key guys. Canadiens captain Shea Weber will not play this season, and his career may be over.after entering the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. Joe Thornton left the Leafs for sunny Florida, and Zach Hyman headed west to snowy Edmonton.
Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin out with non-COVID illness
A non-COVID-related illness will prevent Jonathan Drouin from playing in Thursday's preseason game.While the team hasn’t given any further information on Drouin’s health, a preseason absence from a guaranteed roster player usually isn’t too much to worry about. With the Habs already entering the season with a depleted roster, the full health of their players is of utmost priority right now, so Drouin’s absence can best be predicted as precautionary.
Auston Matthews, the 2021 Rocket Richard Trophy winner,— and the next two after that — as he continues to recover from offseason wrist surgery.
Mitchell Marner was a game-time decision, but did skate in warmups. He'll play on a line with captain John Tavares (playing his first non-preseason game since leaving Game 1 vs. the Canadiens after getting kneed in the face) and newcomer Nick Ritchie. Jack Campbell, who was in tears back in May in the locker room and when speaking to the media, will get the start.
The Canadiens will feature their young stars, including Calder Trophy candidate Cole Caufield and centerman Nick Suzuki, who just got a snazzy eight-year, $63 million extension. The energetic duo will be joined by Tyler Toffoli on the wing. Jonathan Drouin will slot back in after taking time off late last season (missed the postseason, too) to deal with anxiety and insomnia. With Price out, Jake Allen will get the nod between the pipes.
Loss to Depleted Penguins Puts Current Maple Leafs' Resolve to Ultimate Test
The Toronto Maple Leafs were blown out by a Pittsburgh Penguins team playing without most of their core players, leaving more questions than answers. PITTSBURGH -- PPG Paints Arena has been home to many embarrassing losses for the Toronto Maple Leafs in recent memory. But Saturday's 7-1 defeat to an undermanned Pittsburgh Penguins team could be a new low."We're going to have to work a lot harder to win, it's inexcusable," Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin said. "Myself, everyone, we all need to be better.
Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights as the Canadiens and Maple Leafs face off (all times Eastern):
Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs live scores, highlights
7:20 p.m. — After pregame festivities, including the fans singing the national anthem, game on.
6:50 p.m. — Lines are here for the Leafs.
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What channel is Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs on?
- Date: Wed., Oct. 13
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV channel (Canada): SN, SN360, TVAS
- Stream: (U.S.) | SN NOW (Canada)
Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with a pregame show hosted by Caroline Cameron alongside analysts Kevin Bieksa, Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Elliotte Friedman. Chris Cuthbert will have the call with Craig Simpson serving as the analyst and Kyle Bukauskas as the reporter.
Maple Leafs Notebook: Liljegren Pushing for Opening Night Spot .
Now in his fifth year in the organization, Timothy Liljegren is making a hard push to become an everyday NHL player. GRAVENHURST, Ont. -- A total of 13 NHL games over two years definitely falls into the 'under' category for a first-round draft pick from 2017 but that's where defenseman Timothy Liljegren finds himself at this stage of his career.Presented with a good chance to compete for a bottom-pair role with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a regular basis, the Swedish player knows this is the time where he has to make things happen."I'm going into my fifth year now," Liljegren said two weeks ago.