The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone 4-0 without Auston Matthews in the lineup but it looks like they'll be getting some reinforcements tonight against the Habs. Matthews is listed as a game time decision but all signs point to Toronto's superstar returning to the lineup.
Without Matthews, the Leafs have relied heavily on their offensive depth, and as of late, Freddie Andersen. Since Matthews injury, Andersen has been exactly the type of goalie that the Leafs have been looking for. Issues will continue to be there on the back end, but Andersen has done a good job masking that over the past five games.
Who to watch on Montreal
Jonathan Drouin has showed Canadiens fans what it's like to have a skilled number one center again. Drouin has been the best Canadiens forward this season, and look for him to play a big role in tonight's original six Hockey Night in Canada showdown.
Alex Galchenyuk has quietly played better as of late. He always seems to get up for games against the Leafs so keep an eye on him.
It's the Leafs, it's the Habs, and it's Saturday. What more could you ask for in a combination of good things? Order yourself some pizza and wings, pick up a six pack, grab some couch and enjoy this historic rivalry. Even without Carey Price dressing for the Habs, these two teams always seem to provide entertaining games when they meet. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere in the Bell Centre when these two clubs meet, Leaf fans travel down the 401 and it always ends up being a loud back and forth "GO Habs GO" and "GO Leafs GO" between the fan bases. Seriously, there's nothing like it, these are the kind of match up's hockey fans live for. Watch this one, you won't want to miss it, I'm giving it a 4/5 stars on the watchability scale.
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