Game Preview by Sam Gerber, Staff Writer
Last game: MTL 4  ARI 5 

The Habs let a 2-0 lead disappear and and gave a disappointing performance giving the Coyotes their first regulation win of the season.

For a complete recap: A Humiliating Loss

Players to watch

  • William Nylander
    Fresh off of scoring the game winner with three seconds left in the game, Nylander has been leading the Leafs in offence with Auston Matthews out of the lineup.
  • Morgan Rielly
    Rielly is always a danger to jump into the rush and is capable of going end-to-end if given the space.
  •  Paul Byron
    In my opinion, Byron has been the best Canadiens forward recently, continuing to use his speed as a threat.

Keys to Victory

  • Counter attack
    The Leafs aggressive offence leaves them vulnerable to odd-man rushes going the other way. The Habs will need to take advantage of these opportunities.
  • Be disciplined
    The Canadiens lack of discipline has changed the momentum of the last few games. They can’t continue bad habits against Toronto.
  • Play the man
    Montreal has missed defensive assignments often this season especially in the past week. Players need to be much more responsible in coverage. 
Matchup 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | November 18, 7:00 PM ET | TV: CBC, SN, CITY, TVA

2017-18 statistics

MAPLE LEAFS CANADIENS
26 (3rd) Points (rank) 18 (27th)
13-7-0 Record 8-10-2
5-4-0 Away/Home 4-4-2
6-4-0 Last 10 6-3-1
3.60 GF/G 2.50
3.15 GA/G 3.40
22.7 PP% 15.3
81.4 PK% 74.6
 50.37  CF%  53.86
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Hyman – Matthews (GTD) – Nylander
Marleau – Kadri – Komarov
van Riemsdyk – Bozak – Marner
Martin – Moore – Brown
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Byron
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – De La Rose – Froese
Defensemen
Rielly – Hainsey
Gardiner – Zaitsev
Borgman – Carrick
Benn – Weber
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Morrow
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Polak, Leivo, Soshnikov
Injured: 
Scratched: Davidson, Mitchell
Injured: Hemsky, Schlemko, Scherbak, Price, Montoya, Lehkonen
Goalies
Frederik Andersen Charlie Lindgren
Record: 11-6-0
GAA: 3.04
Sv%: .909
SO: 2
Alternate: Curtis McElhinney
Record: 3-2-1
GAA: 1.99
Sv%: .938
SO: 1
Alternate: Antti Niemi
 What to Expect
The Canadiens are in for a rollercoaster game with the result being decided in the final period.

Prediction: Canadiens 7  Maple Leafs 4 

The Habs defense will need to prove themselves against the potent Leafs offence.

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