Toronto Maple Leafs (13-7-0) at Montreal Canadiens (8-10-2)
7:00pm — Hockey Night in Canada – CBC
Tonight our beloved Leafs travel to Montreal to battle the Habs at the Bell Centre. It is well known that the Canadiens are currently a tire fire but let’s face it as fans we love it. After years of listening to how great and fantastic the almighty rouge blanc et bleu are karma has swung her nasty bits in the Habs direction and it is fantastic.
As fans it is great to approach it this way but as a team the Leafs need to keep their focus on showing up ready to play. It doesn’t matter where they sit in the standings, how poorly they have been playing, or what string goalie is in net. If the Leafs fail to engage in this game as anything other than a must win they risk losing and a great degree of embarrassment as the Habs just lost to the
dominant NHL leading Coyotes. Yes those Coyotes. The 3W, 2 ROW on the season Yotes.
Let’s not continue the age old theme of being slump busters tonight. Go for the throat. Kick them when they are down. Beat them on the ice and in the alley. Leave no doubt who the superior team is tonight.
Quick Thoughts about tonights game:
Division rivalry so Points are critical (plus F Montreal)
Toronto Maple Leafs are awesome (plus F Montreal)
Montreal is a tire fire (plus F Montreal)
I hope Borgman absolutely crushes
Gallag any of them… (plus F Montreal)
Love this @CplMatthews guy!
It has been weeks since I heroically conquered Montreal. I hear whispers of them plotting an uprising this eve, but they simply lack the firepower to be taken seriously. My servant Carey Price has requested time to reunite with his kin, but my tea isnt going to make itself.
— Cpl. Matthews (@CplMatthews) November 18, 2017
Go Leafs Go!! (plus F Montreal)
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Zach Hyman — Auston Matthews — William Nylander
Patrick Marleau — Nazem Kadri — Leo Komarov
James van Riemsdyk — Tyler Bozak — Mitchell Marner
Matt Martin — Dominic Moore — Connor Brown
Morgan Rielly — Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner — Nikita Zaitsev
Andreas Borgman — Connor Carrick
Alex Galchenyuk — Jonathan Drouin — Paul Byron
Max Pacioretty — Phillip Danault — Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon — Tomas Plekanec — Brendan Gallagher
Nicolas Deslauriers — Jacob de la Rose — Byron Froese
Jordie Benn — Shea Weber
Karl Alzner — Jeff Petry
Victor Mete — Joe Morrow
MIKE BABCOCK — MORNING SKATE