Saturday, January 19, 2013
Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Is it actually time? Is this really happening? My goodness I’m excited!
The day many thought wouldn’t happen has finally arrived. Opening night of the 2012/13 NHL season. So it took until 2013 to happen, so what? It’s back, they got a long fair deal, and we can carry on for at least 8 years without any of this nonsense to interrupt us.
Enough of that now.
Today welcomes the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Bell Centre. I’m not sure there were two teams who had more of a disappointing season last year. And bitter rivals to boot. Coming into this game with so much to prove, both these teams will be fired up, angry, and playing with a ton of aggression.
On that note, how do those signings of Brandon Prust, Colby Armstrong and Francis Boullion look right now? These 3 guys, along with Travis Moen and Ryan White are going to show the league that the Habs are no longer a team to be pushed around. Finally!
In other exciting news, Rookies Brandon Gallagher and future star Alex Galchenyuk made the team out of camp. Whether either player will be on tonights roster or where they will play if they are remains to be seen, but I imagine if they are being kept around, it is because Therrien and Bergevin want to see them play.
• Petteri Nokalainen
Keys to the Game
Both teams are going to be rusty coming out of the gate. It’s been a long hockeyless time. The Habs need to come out aggressive and play a new game under a new system with a new philosophy. If they have learned Therrien’s new system well enough, their skill players should be able to outplay those of the Leafs.
Habs 3 – Leafs 2 OT