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The Key Points from Toronto's Preseason Win Against MTL

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to the game, both teams honoured the iconic 1972 Team Canada team.   Lineup : Skaters: Nick Robertson, Denis Malgin, Alex Kerfoot, Mark Giordano, Alex Steeves, Calle Jarnkrok, Victor Mete, Kyle Clifford, Bobby McMann, Curtis Douglas, Pontus Holmberg, Morgan Rielly, William Nylander, Joey Anderson, Nick Abruzzese, T.J. Brodie, Jordie Benn, Carl Dahlstrom Goaltenders: Matt Murray, Erik Kallgren Murray Looks Sharp in Preseason Debut The one concern heading into the upcoming NHL season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, would be how would their newly acquired goaltenders fair? So far both Ilya Samsonov and Matt Murray have looked sharp during each of their first preseason games. Matt Murray got the start for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. The Thunder Bay native turned away all 16 shots that were sent his way, before turning over the crease to Erik Kallgren.

Speculating: Murray or Samsonov, who gets the First Start?

It is pretty clear that the biggest question mark within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization is goaltending. Kyle Dubas and the Leafs' staff made a bold move this offseason, moving on from all-star goaltender Jack Campbell. And bringing in two netminders with shaky pasts, Murray and Samsonov. At first glance, the two netminders appear to have similar skill sets. Both goalies are capable or were once capable of stealing a game or two for their past respectable teams.  Of course, it is likely that the game one starting job will be decided during training camp, but it is still worth pointing out some key differences between the two goalies.   Personally, Ilya Samsonov should be the goaltender, starting game one of the regular season for the Maple Leafs (based on prior info). Samsonov is a player that just turned 25 years old this year and has yet to make 100 NHL appearances.   During the 2019-20 season, the former first-round pick played in 26 games while posting a .913 save per

Either Matt Murray or Ilya Samsonov is Poised to have a Big Season

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a bold move this offseason. The team let go of all-star goaltender Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek (at the trade deadline) and picked up two high-risk, high-reward goaltenders. Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov are two similar goaltenders. Both goalies have had strong seasons before, but have had poor seasons leading up to this offseason.   Let's start with Matt Murray. Murray broke into the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins after he stole the show from Marc-Andre Fleury. Before being shipped out to Ottawa, Murray was able to win two Stanley Cups with the Pens.   Boy, oh boy, Murray's time in Ottawa was an absolute disaster! The Thunder Bay native only played in 47 games with his new team. Last season, Murray split time with the Sens, the AHL and on the injured list. Yes, Murray started the season off so poorly, the Sens optioned him off to the AHL, placing him on waivers. Although, Murray finished the season on a high note, with a .906 save percentag