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Maple Leafs conduct to Montreal focused on finale Habs hex

It’s all a Maple Leafs could want: Saturday night, inhabitant TV opposite their oldest rivals, and a stands full of their “real” fans.

“They paid their possess mix to get here to see us,” Reggie Dunlop would snarl if Mike Babcock could move a Slap Shot star behind for a pre-game sauce room address.

But this, a biggest regular-season theatre for a Leafs, backing adult opposite a Montreal Canadiens, is removing to be a pain in a posterieur, home and away. When they arrive during a Bell Centre, a Leafs will be perplexing to finish a strain of 14 uninterrupted waste to a Habs (0-10-4).

“Thanks for reminding me,” winger James outpost Riemsdyk pronounced after Wednesday’s 6-3 detriment to a New Jersey Devils finished a Leafs’ undefeated start during 3 and put some-more importance on a win Saturday.

“Hopefully, we can change that and have a good speak after.”

Van Riemsdyk had Toronto’s final winning idea opposite a Canadiens, a 5-3 feat in Toronto, behind on Jan. 18, 2014. Tyler Bozak, one of usually 4 Leafs still on a group (JVR, Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner are a others), assisted on a winner, along with Phil Kessel. Joffrey Lupul had a empty-netter and Jonathan Bernier outdueled Carey Price in goal.

Price didn’t seem to be aggrieved by a event, going on to strengthen his career record opposite Toronto to 23-13-1 in a games since. Aside from Boston (24), that’s some-more wins for him contra all NHL clubs, while creation some-more saves opposite a Leafs (1,076) than any other team. It has helped Montreal say a gentle lead in a century-old array (355-285-88-8).

New Jersey’s Cory Schneider is already in a Leafs’ common conduct after creation 47 saves on Wednesday, that creates confronting Price all that some-more daunting.

“They’ll be prepared for us and they have a good goaltender as well,” Kadri said. “We have to find a approach to get that (extra) in. to put a puck in a behind of a net instead of outward it.”

Kadri was referring to all those posts a Leafs strike with Schneider in net, clanks that competence have altered a outcome. Price binds a .924 save commission opposite a Leafs, yet a good news for Toronto is that he’s one of a few positives for a Canadiens.

The Habs’ revamped lineup in a face of argumentative actor moves has constructed one win in 4 games. But they’ll have had a four-day rest to get prepared for Toronto and a sound their fans bring.

“That’s a fun building to play in,” Kadri agreed.

Because of a imperative day off Thursday, a Leafs had a 24-hour remit from an heated video event and a discourse by Babcock. Not that a manager was going to whip them tough for one loss, though he was strong peeved they didn’t compensate courtesy to pre-scout information on a Devils, who disrupted Toronto with their speed and spunk, afterwards zapped a Leafs with a singular 5-on-3 short-handed goal.

“They skated us into a ground,” Babcock pronounced Wednesday night. “But it’s over with now. We have lots of time to demeanour during a diversion fasten and get prepared to face a inspired Montreal team.”

As defenceman Morgan Rielly forked out, Saturday will be a Leafs’ initial local game. Take divided final season’s destroy opposite Montreal (0-3-1) and Toronto gained 39 of a probable 52 points opposite a rest of a Atlantic, that postulated their playoff push.

“We have to take those games really seriously,” Rielly said.

Goaltender Frederik Andersen pronounced a Leafs should learn from holding final year’s playoff waif Devils too easily and not get bogged down meditative about a Habs hex.

“Like we pronounced before (Wednesday), it doesn’t matter what happened before,” Andersen said. “You can’t use a record (to predict) anything. It’s a new diversion and we have to be prepared.”

lhornby@postmedia.com


LOSING HAB-IT

Toronto’s winless strain opposite Montreal is now during 0-10-4 given Jan 2014. Eight of 14 games have been motionless by a goal.

DATE — RESULT

1/3/14 @ Mtl — 4-3 (OT)

22/3/14 @ Tor — 4-3

8/10/14 @ Tor — 4-3

14/2/15 @ Mtl — 2-1 (SO)

28/2/15 @ Mtl — 4-0

11/4/15 Mtl — 4-3 SO

7/10/15 @ Tor — 3-1

24/10/15 @ Mtl — 5-3

23/1/16 @ Tor — 3-2

27/2/16 @ Mtl — 4-1

29/10/16 @ Mtl — 2-1

19/11/16 @ Mtl —2-1

7/1/17 @ Tor — 5-3

25/2/17 @ Tor — 3-2 (OT)

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