Montreal Canadiens defenceman Mike Reilly (28) carries the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Igor Ozhiganov (92) defends during first period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
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What better time and place to start a crucial segment of the Canadiens’ schedule?Saturday night.Toronto.As the Hockey Night in Canada hosts will assure us, it doesn’t get any better than this Atlantic Division matchup.And in this case, they’re right. The Canadiens are coming off a spectacular 5-1 stomping of the Flyers, and a win at Scotiabank Arena would move them to within one point of the Leafs.But as evidenced by the teams’ two previous meetings this season, it won’t be easy.In the season opener on Oct. 3 in Toronto, Auston Matthews beat Carey Price in Overtime to secure a 3-2 win. The Canadiens outshot their hosts 36-26, but Frederik Andersen was a wall.Two weeks ago at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens outshot the Leafs again, 38-32. But the only SoG in OT was by John Tavares, and it beat Price to secure a 4-3 win.The game begins a three game road swing for the Canadiens, who will play in New Jersey Monday night and in Detroit on Tuesday.But first, the Leafs.Puck drops 7:10ish.Check back later for live game blogging.