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When: Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET
Watch: NHL Network
One of the NHL's greatest rivalries resumes on Saturday with the second-to-last regular season meeting between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.
It's been awhile since this matchup meant something in the final weeks of the season, and it's great for the league that both of these teams, barring a collapse of epic proportions, will make the playoffs. According to Sports Club Stats, Montreal and Toronto have a 100 and 99.7 percent chance of reaching the postseason, respectively,
The Leafs have won two of the three games between these rivals this season, but the Canadiens won the most recent matchup 5-2 at the Air Canada Centre, which is where Saturday's meeting will take place.
Toronto has won five of its last six games and will be looking to widen their lead over the sixth-place Ottawa Senators and secure the fifth seed as soon as possible. The Canadiens are 2-2 in their last four and hold a slim one point lead over the rival Bruins in the Northeast Division.
Special teams will have a major impact on the outcome of this game. Montreal allowed two power-play goals in each of its first two games against Toronto this season, and the Canadiens lost both games. In their win versus the Leafs on February 27, the Canadiens' penalty kill was perfect.
The club that wins the special teams battle will take two points from Saturday's game.