Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens: 2021 NHL 1st Round Preview

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Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens: 2021 NHL 1st Round Preview

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2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs 1st Round: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Series Start Times for All Seven Games:

Game 1-Thursday, May 20, 2021 (7:30 P.M. EDT/4:30 P.M. PDT on NHL Network and CBC)

Game 2-Saturday, May 22, 2021 (7:00 P.M. EDT/4:00 P.M. PDT on CNBC and CBC)

Game 3-Monday, May 24, 2021 (TBA)

Game 4-Tuesday, May 25, 2021 (TBA)

*Game 5-Thursday, May 27, 2021 (TBA and If Necessary)

*Game 6-Saturday, May 29, 2021 (TBA and If Necessary)

Do or Die Game 7-Monday, May 31, 2021 (TBA and If Necessary)

Series Location: ScotiaBank Arena-Toronto, Ontario (Games 1, 2, 5, 7) & Bell Center-Montreal, Quebec (Games 3, 4, 6)

2020-2021 Regular Season Series: Maple Leafs Won the Regular Season Series vs. Canadiens 7-3

Most Recent Playoff Meeting: 1979 Wales Quarterfinals (MTL Won 4-0)

Toronto Maple Leafs (35-13-6)-#1 Seed in the North

  • 5th Straight Playoff Appearance Dating Back to 2017
  • 15th Postseason Meeting vs. Canadiens (1st Since 1979)
  • Won 1st Division Title Since 2000
  • Has Not won a Postseason Series Since 2004 East Quarterfinals vs. Senators
  • Looking for 1st Eastern Conference Finals Appearance Since 2002
  • Has Not Won a Stanley Cup Since 1967

Montreal Canadiens (24-21-10)-#4 Seed in the North

  • Back-to-Back Appearances for the 1st Time Since 2013-2015
  • 15th Postseason Meeting vs. Toronto (1st Ever in the 21st Century)
  • Fired Claude Julien as Head Coach Earlier in the Season
  • Looking for 1st Eastern Conference Finals Appearance Since 2010
  • Has Not Been to the Stanley Cup Finals Since 1993
  • Seeking 1st Stanley Cup Title Since 1993 (Last Active Canadian Team to Win NHL Championship)
  • 8th Playoff Appearance Since 2010

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Top Players to Watch in Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens Series (2020-2021 Regular Season Statistics)

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • G Frederik Andersen: 13-8-2 Record, 0.897 Save %, 2.91 G.A.A.
  • C Auston Matthews: 40 Goals & 25 Assists (65 Points)
  • C John Tavares: 18 Goals & 31 Assists (49 Points)
  • LW William Nylander: 17 Goals & 24 Assists (41 Points)
  • RW Mitchell Marner: 20 Goals & 47 Assists (67 Points)

Montreal Canadiens

  • G Jake Allen: 11-12-5 Record, 0.907 Save %, 2.68 G.A.A.
  • LW Tyler Toffoli: 28 Goals & 16 Assists (44 Points)
  • C Nick Suzuki: 13 Goals & 26 Assists (39 Points)
  • RW Josh Anderson: 17 Goals & 7 Assists (24 Points)
  • LW Tomas Tatar: 10 Goals & 20 Assists (30 Points)

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