by Serena Willoughby 10/1/2013 9:54:25 PM
Canadiens fans take part in pre-game festivities before the National Hockey League season opener between the Leafs and Montreal Canadiens tonight in Montreal. Photo by Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press
by SCC MediaServer via email 10/1/2013 10:29:23 PM
TORONTO VERSUS MONTREAL: HEAD TO HEAD
2012-13 SERIES: 3-2-0 (2-0-0 at Montreal)
ALL-TIME RECORD: 291-331-88-9 (106-207-43-3 at Montreal) LAST GAME: April 27, 2013 at Toronto (Maple Leafs 1, Canadiens 4) NEXT GAME: November 30, 2013 at Montreal
CURRENT STREAKS: Montreal (one win)
by Kevin McGran 10/1/2013 11:08:19 PM
TORONTO VERSUS MONTREAL: NOTABLES
- Phil Kessel leads all Toronto players in career games played (40), goals (14), assists (20) and points (34) against Montreal. - Kessel also led the Leafs in goals (tie-3), assists (5) and points (8) in five games against Montreal last season.
- Kessel has registered more career assists (20) against Montreal than against any other NHL club.
by Kevin McGran 10/1/2013 11:09:13 PM
Habs fans Jonathan Lamothe, left, Miguel Plourde, centre, and Dominique Petit, right, take part in pre-game festivities before the NHL season opener between the Leafs and the Canadiens tonight in Montreal. Photo by Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS
by SCC MediaServer via email 10/1/2013 11:09:17 PM
LEAFS IN SEASON OPENERS
Tonight's game marks the 96th season opener in franchise history for the Toronto Maple Leafs. All-time, Toronto has posted an overall record of 37-41-14-3 in season openers with a 13-20-5-0 record when starting the season on the road. The Leafs have opened the season against the Montreal Canadiens 16 times, posting an overall record of 9-6-0-1 with a 2-4-0-0 record in Montreal.
by Kevin McGran 10/1/2013 11:09:48 PM
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
The Maple Leafs have six new players that have been named to the team's opening roster for the 2013-14 season and will be looking to make their debut in the Blue and White. Those players include forwards Dave Bolland, David Clarkson and Mason Raymond, defencemen Paul Ranger and Morgan Rielly, and goaltender Jonathan Bernier. All-time, 991 players (803 skaters, 88 goaltenders) have played at least one game for the Maple Leafs.
by Kevin McGran 10/1/2013 11:10:27 PM
TORONTO FRANCHISE APPROACHING MILESTONES
The Toronto Maple Leafs franchise (including the Toronto St. Pats and Toronto Arenas) has scored 18,998 goals in 6,168 games since the team was founded in 1917. In that span, the franchise has also compiled 2,697 wins. The Maple Leafs are two goals shy of 19,000 goals and three wins shy of 2,700 w
by Kevin McGran 10/1/2013 11:10:43 PM
KESSEL CONTRACT: breakdown: $10M in 2014-15 then $10M, $9M, $9M, $7M, $7M, $6M and $6M.
by Kevin McGran 10/1/2013 11:12:53 PM
Chants of GUY GUY GUY for Guy Lafleur, bearing the torch
by Kevin McGran 10/1/2013 11:13:38 PM
Passes it to Daniel Briere. Fitting there.
by Kevin McGran 10/1/2013 11:13:54 PM
'PHIL'ING THE NET
Over the last two seasons, Phil Kessel has accumulated 134 points (57 goals, 77 assists) in 130 games. Only Steve Stamkos (154), Evgeni Malkin (142) and Claude Giroux (141) have more points in that stretch. In the last full NHL season (2011-12), Kessel set career highs in goals (37), assists (45) and points (82) in 82 games. His 82 points marked the most by a Leaf since Mats Sundin had 83 points (31 goals, 52 assists) in 82 games during the 1998-99 season. Sundin was also the last Leaf to reach the 80-point plateau, posting 80 points (41 goals, 39 assists) in 82 games in 2001-02.
by Kevin McGran 10/1/2013 11:15:07 PM
HOW THE 2013-14 MAPLE LEAFS WERE BUILT
FREE AGENTS: Bodie, Bozak, Clarkson, McClement, Orr, Ranger, Raymond
TRADE: Ashton, Bernier, Bolland, Franson, Fraser, Gardiner, Kessel, Lupul, Phaneuf, van Riemsdyk DRAFT: Gunnarsson, Kadri, Kulemin, Reimer, Rielly
by Kevin McGran 10/1/2013 11:21:27 PM