Date: Saturday November 2 , 2013
Puck Drop: 7:00pm
TV Channel: CBC
One had a shutout in his last start, the other stopped over 40 shots in 4-2 victory the very next night, but only one of them can start on Saturday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs head into Morgan Rielly‘s hometown to take on the Vancouver Canucks in the first Hockey Night In Canada of November. While choosing a starter may be a tough decision for Randy Carlyle, it’s not like he can go wrong with the way both of his goaltenders have played in recent weeks, plus they’ll have the added motivation of knowing they’re facing the goalie that was almost chosen over them in Roberto Luongo.
Leafs rookie defenseman Morgan Rielly is heading back to his hometown of Vancouver for the first time as a professional, and will get to play in front of friends and family. With the Leafs in town, Saturday’s game was a hot ticket and Rielly was unsure if his family would be able to secure enough tickets, but luckily for Rielly family, his dad owns a local lumber company, which has allowed him to build a network of connections, many of whom have season tickets for the Leafs and in turn offered to let the family use them on Saturday night. So in Morgan’s only trip to Vancouver this season, his Grandma, mother Shirley, brother Connor and a couple of cousins will be there in attendance.
Saturday will be the first game for the Vancouver Canucks since Henrik and Daniel Sedin signed matching contracts that will make them Canucks through their age 38 season. The 4-year $28-million contracts are likely less than what could have been had on the open market, but was a term and dollar figure that worked for both sides.
The Maple Leafs sweep their western Canada swing as Morgan Rielly scores his first career NHL goal in front of his hometown crowd as the Leafs prevail 3-1.