GameDay: Leafs vs Habs Lineups, Therrien, Subban, Gardiner, Plekanec

Habs vs. Leafs

All Habs GameDay: Saturday January 19, 2013

On this day in hockey history 

  • 1996: NHL approves move of Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix.
  • 1932: Charlie Conacher becomes 1st Toronto Maple Leaf to score 5 goals in a game, 1st coming at 7 seconds of game.

GAMEDAY: And a new (shortened) season begins!

Toronto-Maple-Leafs  Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
7:00 p.m. EST

Projected line combinations (updated following morning skate)


Erik Cole – David Desharnais – Max Pacioretty
Alex Galchenyuk – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Travis Moen – Lars Eller –  Rene Bourque
Colby Armstrong – Ryan White – Brandon Prust
scratches: Brendan Gallagher – Michael Blunden


Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Josh Georges – Tomas Kaberle
Francis Bouillon – Raphael Diaz


Brendan Gallagher, Mike Blunden, Yannick Weber



Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
James Van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Leo Komarov
Colton Orr – Jay McClement – Mike Brown

Dion Phaneuf – Michael Kostka
Carl Gunnarsson – Mike Komisarek
John-Michael Liles – Cody Franson


David Steckel, Mark Fraser, Korbinian Holzer.


 Ben Scrivens (Probable)  vs.
 Carey Price (Confirmed)
ScrivensBen1 PriceCarey1

 Price has 19 career GP against the Maple Leafs. He holds a 10-8-1 record with a 2.38 GAA, 926 SV% and 3 shutouts.

(updated following morning skate)

GAMEDAY: All Habs Headlines

► Michel Therrien is Ready. 

“I’m excited to get going tomorrow. We’re starting against a great rival in the Maple Leafs; You can’t ask for better than that.”
Michel Therrien [Who will coach his 500th career game Saturday night.]

Notable Debuts:

  • Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong could be making their debuts for the Canadiens since being signed in the offseason.
  • Francis Bouillon will be making his return with the Canadiens since leaving back in 2009.
  • Alex Galchenyuk will be the first 18-year old to start the regular season with the Montreal Canadiens since Olivier Michaud did more than 12 seasons ago in 2001.
  • James Van Riemsdyk will make his debut for the Maple Leafs after being acquired in the offseason from the Flyers.

► Notable Absences:

  • P.K. Subban won’t be in the lineup Saturday for the Canadiens, as his contract negotiations with Marc Bergevin still appear to be going nowhere.
  • Jake Gardiner won’t be in the lineup for the Maple Leafs, out with concussion-like symptoms.
  • Tomas Plekanec‘s availability will be determined after the morning skate. Plekanec has been nursing a rib injury during training camp. Coach Therrien said he “would be very surprised” if Plekanec missed the season opener.

► Event:

  • All Habs Hockey Party for the Canadiens season opener is tonight starting at 5:30 pm at McLean’s Pub in Montreal. Raffle for signed Price and Pacioretty gear. RSVP:

► New at All Habs Hockey Magazine:

► Puck’s take:

  • Need to know who will win tonight? Puck the Bunny’s prediction is here. Let’s see if he can start the season on the right lucky rabbit’s foot!

(Feature Photo: John Morstad)

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Born and raised in the Montreal area, Steve is an Associate Editor and Senior Writer at All Habs. Steve started playing hockey at the age of four, played as a goaltender as high as Junior AAA and was drafted to the QMJHL. When he isn’t writing about the Canadiens or twiddling with HTML code on the website, you can usually find him sharing his sarcasm on Twitter where he enjoys the never-ending hockey arguments. Steve also works as an analyst for Rogers Communications and enjoys the fact that his downtown office is only a five-minute walk from the Bell Centre. On the personal side; Animal Planet, poutine, the colour blue, the word ‘weaponized’ and Pepsi are just a few of Steve’s favourite things.
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