- Vesa Toskala -- With all the changes, starting goaltending is in the spotlight for the Leafs, especially with the Monster waiting in the wings.
- Big D -- Both Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin were former Habs prospects. Tonight they get a first chance to show what they are missing.
- Rebuilt Habs -- A new coach and new players throughout, are the Leafs' rivals rebuilt or rebuilding?
STARTING IN GOAL
Toskala, gave up seven goals in the Leafs' final pre-season game to inflate his save percentage to an awful .861. Carey Price, lost 10 of his last 17 games in the regular season and then was 0-4 in the playoffs. If he doesn't start strong, he'll be torched in Montreal.
No captain for the Habs, though new coach Jacques Martin named Andrei Markov, Hal Gill and Brian Gionta alternates. Not exactly a Francophone crew ... Martin, who takes over from Guy Carbonneau, has stressed a defensive approach in pre-season ... New-look Habs include Gill (late of the Stanley Cup champion Pens) Scott Gomez (from the Rangers) and Gionta (from the Devils).
D Mike Van Ryan (knee), F Jamal Mayers (head), D Jeff Finger (oblique)
Viktor Stalberg Matt Stajan Jason Blake
Niklas Hagman Mikhail Grabovski Alexei Ponikarovsky
John Mitchell Rickard Wallin Lee Stempniak
Jay Rosehill Wayne Primeau Colton Orr.
Tomas Kaberle Mike Komisarek
Luke Schenn Francois Beauchemin
Garnet Exelby Ian White
Max Pacioretty Scott Gomez Brian Gionta
Mike Cammalleri Tomas Plekanec Andrei Kostitsyn
G. Latendresse Maxim Lapierre Matt D'Agostini
Georges Laraque Glen Metropolit Travis Moen
Andrei Markov Jaroslav Spacek
Roman Hamrlik Josh Gorges
Hal Gill Paul Mara