Game One Preview: Habs vs. Leafs

Ken BeckettCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2009

MONTREAL- APRIL 20:  Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens watches play during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on April 20, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 4-2.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

When the Montreal Canadiens open up their 2009-10 season against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, it will be Carey Price who will stand in between the pipes for the Habs.

This announcement coming in only hours before game time.

Habs head coach Jacques Martin had said that he would wait to reveal if it would be Price or the Slovakian Jaroslav Halak who would get the start.

Canadiens fans can expect this type of uncertainty until one of the goalies gets on a roll and proves that they are the number one netminder.

Martin has also kept people out of the loop in regards to how the starting lineup will look. Specifically who will fill the last two spots.

It appears that both defenceman Roman Hamrlik and forward Gregory Stewart will be scratches for tonight's game. 

Hamrlik missed a lot of the pre-season with a virus, which he doesn't appear to be fully recovered from yet.

Filling his spot will be Ryan O'Byrne who had an impressive camp and will look to have a break out season this year for Montreal.

Projected lineups for tonight's game:

Montreal Canadiens


Pacioretty - Gomez - Gionta
A. Kostitsyn - Plekanec - Cammelleri
Latendresse - Lapierre - D'Agostini
Laraque - Metropolit - Moen

Injured: Kyle Chipchura out with a shoulder injury


Markov - Spacek
Gill - Mara
Gorges - O'Byrne



Toronto Maple Leafs


Stalberg - Stajan - Blake
Hagman - Grabovski - Ponikarovsky
Stempniak - Mitchell - Wallin
Rosehill - Primeau - Orr
Extra: Kulemin - Mayers


Kaberle - Komisarek
Beauchemin - Schenn
White - Exelby



Game time: 7pm LIVE on CBC, RDS