NHL opens season with clash between Maple Leafs, Canadiens

TSN.ca Staff
10/1/2013 4:08:02 PM
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The start of the 2013-14 NHL season has finally arrived and it all gets started with TSN's multi-platform coverage throughout the day leading up to puck drop tonight.

TSN's opening day coverage begins with That's Hockey's Opening Night special live from the Bell Centre in Montreal at 4pm et/1pm pt. Host Gino Reda is joined by TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun for the one-hour special which will feature a slate of special guests.

That's Hockey continues to get you set for the puck drop at 5:30pm et/2:30pm pt on TSN, before SportsCentre dedicates a full hour to opening night with contributions from McKenzie and LeBrun, as well as former NHLers Jamie McLennan and Jeff O'Neill.

And check into TSN.ca throughout opening day, as TSN's reporters file news, videos from the morning practice and analysis right through to puck drop.

That's Hockey 2Nite then wraps up opening night with host Steve Kouleas, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button and analyst Dave Reid at 11:30pm et/8:30pm pt on TSN.

TSN Radio 1050 and TSN Radio 690 are also broadcasting live from the Bell Centre to get you set for the start of opening night and both stations will have the game live.

And what better way to kick off the season then with the historic rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs in the first of five meetings between the two clubs this season.

Veteran enforcer George Parros will get a taste of the rivalry right off the bat, as he's been declared fit to play in the opener. Parros underwent off-season rotator cuff surgery, and although there was initially some speculation that he might not be available, he has been cleared to play.
The news wasn't so good for Canadiens defenceman Douglas Murray. The former San Jose Shark suffered an upper-body injury in practice last week and will be out four-to-six weeks. His spot will be taken by blueline prospect Jarred Tinordi.

The Canadiens will also be missing defencemen Alexei Emelin (knee) and Davis Drewiske (shoulder).

The Leafs, meanwhile, will be without one of their key newcomers, David Clarkson, who is serving a 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during a pre-season brawl. Also missing in action will be tough guy Frazer McLaren (hand), who is expected to start the season on long-term injured reserve.

James Reimer will get the start in goal for the Maple Leafs. 

The NHL on TSN kicks off its season on Wednesday with Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, featuring the Maple Leafs facing the Philadelphia Flyers on TSN and TSN Radio 1050 (7pm et/4pm pt). Also in action is the Buffalo Sabres visiting the Detroit Red Wings on TSN2 (8pm et/5pm pt).

In addition to NHL on TSN's live game coverage and team of Hockey Insiders and experts, the TSN Game Tracker delivers the ultimate companion viewing experience for hockey fans, offering second-screen, real-time access to in-depth stats and detailed game and player analytics for every NHL match-up.

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