Habs-Buds a battle of truculence

Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens meet for the 720th time in the regular season Tuesday...

Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens meet for the 720th time in the regular season Tuesday night. (Ernest Doroszuk)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:06 PM ET

The NHL regular season – the whole deal this time after last year's lockout-shortened sprint – gets underway Tuesday night and there are always a lot of questions waiting to be answered:

How many goaltenders will blame their new, smaller pads for the first five-hole goal they surrender?

How ridiculous will it be if the NHL fines another coach for his “player selection?”

Does it get any better than having the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet to open the season?

The answers:

Every one of them.

Very.

No.

To expand on the last one, with apologies to all other fans in the other Canadian cities, it’s safe to say the Habs and the Leafs are the two most popular teams with the largest fan bases in our country, so nothing quite says hockey or opening night like Leafs-Habs.

 


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