My guess is, it will be hard to find a dry eye in the bell center tonight, at the beginning anyway, as your Montreal Canadiens play host to the hated Toronto Maple Leafs, A game that is sure to be a classic in the making considering everything that has brought us to this point in this still young NHL season! Why the Kleenex you asked, because yesterday the hockey world suffered a tremendous loss in former NHL coach Pat Burns, whom not only got his professional debut behind the bench of the Habs, but went on to coach the Leafs, and then the New Jersey devils. (Where he would finally get his name engraved on the holiest of hockey grails, The Stanley Cup)
That being said , as always you can expect some sort of presentation done at the Bell Center in honor of his passing, and usually NO ONE does these things better or classier than the Montreal Canadiens organization.
The Canadiens (12-6-1) are coming off a loss Thursday night, in a lack-luster effort that saw the Nashville Predators snap a 4 game winning streak beating the Habs by a final score of 3-0. It was the first time that Carey Price had allowed more than 2 goals in a game, since November 6th against Ottawa when they lost 3-2.
The Leafs (7-8-3) on the other hand are going to try and continue their roll by attempting to upset the Canadiens in their own barn, and try to win the 3rd straight game, having beat Nashville on Tuesday and the “can we suck any harder” New Jersey Devils on Thursday! Jonas Gustavsson, who is 2-3-1 with a 2.55 GAA will be in nets for Toronto J.S Giguère is injured. Gustavsson is (2-0-1) against the Habs in his career.
Game time is 7pm and is a national broadcast (RDS, CBC) but expect a 7:30 puck-drop as to a lot for the ceremonies to run their course!