The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will face each other in the 2021-2022 season opener just months after clashing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last May.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs kick off what they hope will be a special season on Wednesday night when they take on the team that knocked them out of the Stanley Cup playoffs last May – the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canadiens outlasted the Leafs in a seven-game series in the first round that began an unlikely run to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they would eventually fall in five games against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It was another disappointing, early exit for the Leafs, who haven’t made the second round since 2004.
Toronto finished first in the North Division (a division of Canada-based teams formed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in the 2020-2021 season) with a 35-14-7 record, leading a 3-1 – Lead the first-round series before dropping the last three games to Montreal.
The Leafs star striker Auston Matthews has had a season leading the NHL on goals (41 in 52 games). Matthews won’t be available for the opener and will most likely miss the first few games of the season as he continues to recover from a wrist surgery he had on August 13th.
“I don’t expect him to be available for the first three games,” said Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe during training this week. “Auston is just not at the point where he feels comfortable playing. He’s still not quite there so he won’t be available for us this week which is why you saw him today in a different jersey and not in a line. “
Keefe is in his third season as Leafs coach, but this will be his first full 82-game campaign since replacing Mike Babcock on November 20, 2019. With two shortened seasons with Toronto, the 41-year-old Keefe set a record of 62-29-12.
Goalkeepers Jack Campbell and Peter Mrzek will defend the net for the Leafs this season. Campbell came late last season and was outstanding through the playoffs, 17-3-2 with 2.15 goals against average, 0.921 save percent and two shutouts in 22 games. Mrzek was signed in the offseason after running 6-2-3 in 12 starts for the Boston Bruins last season.
Major new signings for the Leafs include forward Nick Ritchie, who scored 15 goals for the Bruins last season, winger Michael Bunting, who scored 13 points in 23 games for the Arizona Coyotes last year, and striker Ondrej Kase, who only made three games was used for the Bruins last season when he was plagued by a concussion and other injury-related problems.
The Canadiens return to the Atlantic Division this season, where reigning champions Lightning, Bruins, Leafs and Florida Panthers await.
Montreal goalkeeper Carey Price is entering his 15th NHL season. The 34-year-old is recovering from an arthroscopic operation he had on July 22 to repair a tear meniscus in his knee.
With their up-and-coming young offensive weapons, 20-year-old Cole Caufield and 22-year-old Nick Suzuki, the Canadiens will look to a promising future and put their talent to the test together on the ice. Caufield played in 30 games, including 20 playoffs, scored eight goals and scored 17 points last season, while Suzuki scored 15 goals and scored 41 points in 56 games.