The Habs kick off their 2015 preseason on Tuesday night as they host division rival Toronto. The Leafs are coming off a pair of wins on Monday night in split squad action against Ottawa.
It has been a while since the two Original Six teams squared off in an exhibition game. The last time they played against each other in September was back in 2006. The Leafs took that game by a score of 4-3.
Here are the reported lineups for this contest:
Projected Montreal lines:
Andrighetto – Plekanec – Gallagher
de la Rose – Mitchell – Kassian
Carr – McCarron – Smith-Pelly
Bozon – Dumont – Thomas
Emelin – Petry
Tinordi – Pateryn
Barberio – Dietz
Both Price and Fucale will play in the game.
Projected Toronto lines:
Komarov – Nylander – Marner
Glencross – Kapanen – Hyman
Leivo – Gauthier – Bailey
Frattin – Froese – Soshnikov
Gardiner – Valiev
Dermott – Fraser
Loov – Nielsen
In Montreal injury news, Nikita Scherbak’s lower body injury that caused him to leave practice early on Monday isn’t believed to be serious. Jeremy Gregoire, who missed the last few skates, returned to practice on Tuesday but will not play in this one.
As the NHL is changing to a 3-on-3 overtime format this year, they are allowing teams to get some extra practice in during the preseason. Each team must play three pre-designated overtimes regardless of what the score is after regulation time. Tonight is one of those games.
The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST from the Bell Centre. RDS and TSN4 have the TV coverage but regional restrictions will apply.