The Toronto Maple Leafs face the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Game 1 has not been scheduled. The playoffs start on Saturday.
It will be the first playoff series between the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens since 1979. They met in the playoffs 15 times from 1918 to 1979; Montreal won eight of those series.
The Maple Leafs have gone 7-2-1 against the Canadiens this season, edging them 34-25.
Before Auston Matthews led Toronto with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 10 games against Montreal. Before Mitchell Marner scored 11 points (four goals, seven assists), the forward John Tavares scored 10 (three goals, seven assists) and the defender Jake Muzzin scored eight (one goal, seven assists).
Jack Campbell started six games against the Canadiens, going 4-1-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. Frederik Andersen started four, going 3-1-0 with an GAA of 2.73 and a save percentage of 0.912.
The Canadians, who were 3-6-1 against the Maple Leafs, were led by forwards Tomas Tatar, Josh Anderson and Nick Suzuki with four goals each. Tatar has played in seven of the ten games. Defender Jeff Petry led Montreal in points with 10, all assists. Suzuki had four assists to give him eight points against Toronto, and the forward Tyler Toffoli scored seven points (three goals, four assists).
Prix Carey went 1-2-1 with a 3.48 GAA and 0.868 save percentage in four starts against the Maple Leafs. He hasn’t played since April 19 due to a concussion, but coach Dominique Ducharme said on Monday he expected Price to be in good health for the start of the playoffs. Jake Allen was 2-3-0 with an GAA of 2.66 and save percentage of 0.907, and rookie Cayden Primeau started one game, allowing four goals on 11 shots (.733 save percentage) before being called out after the first period in a 5-2 loss on May 6.
Matthews leads the NHL with 40 goals and has 65 points in 50 games. Marner leads the Maple Leafs with 67 points (20 goals, 47 assists) in 54 games. Tavares has scored 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 54 games, and the forward William Nylander scored 41 (16 goals, 25 assists) in 49 games.
Andersen is returning from a lower body injury and is hoping to be ready for the start of the series. He’s 13-8-2 with a 2.91 GAA and 0.897 save percentage this season, but hasn’t played for the Maple Leafs since March 19.
Campbell is 17-2-2 with a GAA of 2.11, a save percentage of .923 and two shutouts.
Toffoli leads the Canadiens with 28 goals and 44 points in 52 games. Petry scored 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists) and Suzuki scored 39 (13 goals, 26 assists), each in 55 games. Tatar has scored 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 49 games, and Anderson has scored 17 goals in 52 games.
The price is 12-7-5 with an GAA of 2.64 and a save percentage of 0.901 this season. Allen is 11-12-5 with an GAA of 2.68 and saving percentage of 0.907.
The Maple Leafs are in the playoffs for a fifth straight season. They lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games in the best of five Stanley Cup playoffs last season and haven’t won a playoff series since 2004.
The Canadiens are in the playoffs for a second straight season. They beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games in the playoffs before losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in six games in the Eastern Conference first round last season.
The series winner will face the series winner between the Edmonton Oilers (No.2) and Winnipeg Jets (No.3) in the second round.