All Habs GameDay: Saturday January 19, 2013
- 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
|vs.|| MONTREAL CANADIENS
| Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
7:00 p.m. EST
TV: RDS, CBC
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
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
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)|
| 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.
- 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: http://twtvite.com/HPM-JA13
► New at All Habs Hockey Magazine:
- All Habs Mailbag: Bulldogs, Lineups, Buyouts, Breakouts, Avtsin, Subban, Salary Cap
- All Habs Headlines: Scrimmage, Cuts, Galchenyuk, Plekanec, Price, Kovalev, Gomez
- Habs Prospect Brendan Gallagher Named to AHL All-Stars
- Official Release: Bulldogs Reassign Schultz, Release Armstrong, Isherwood
- All Habs Headlines: Plekanec, Kaberle, Bulldogs, Therrien, Gorges, NHL’s Broken
- All Habs Faceoff: Spoiling Fans, Gomez, Galchenyuk, Subban
► 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)