Preseason Games

THE PRESEASON
While preseason exhibition games have been played since before the formal creation of the NHL, mandated preseason games between teams were not instituted until after the league expansion in 1967. They have since met off and on over the past half century, typically in a home-and-home series, with a few instances of games at neutral sites like Halifax, Ottawa or St. John’s. While these games do not count for formal standings or statistics, these give the opportunity for new stars to crack their squad’s roster, or to introduce new acquisitions to the team dynamic, and many featured exhibition players have gone on to successful NHL careers.

# Date Location Winner Score
1967 preseason
preseason series tied 1-1
all-time series tied 1-1
PR01. Oct. 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1
PR02. Oct. 7 Montréal Canadiens 5-4
1969 preseason
preseason series tied 0-0-1
all-time series tied 1-1-1
PR03. Oct. 1 Toronto tie 3-3
1970 preseason
Canadiens win preseason series 1-0-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 2-1-2
PR04. Sep. 30 Toronto Canadiens 4-3
PR05. Oct. 2 Halifax tie 1-1
1971 preseason
Canadiens win preseason series 1-0-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 3-1-3
PR06. Sep. 25 Toronto tie 2-2
PR07. Sep. 28 Halifax Canadiens 5-3
1972 preseason
preseason series tied 1-1
Canadiens
lead all-time series 4-2-3
PR08. Sep. 23 Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0
PR09. Oct. 4 Montréal Canadiens 5-4
1976 preseason
Canadiens win preseason series 1-0-1
Canadiens
lead all-time series 5-2-4
PR10. Oct. 1 Toronto Canadiens 6-4
PR11. Oct. 2 Toronto tie 3-3
1977 preseason
Canadiens win preseason series 2-0
Canadiens
lead all-time series 7-2-4
PR12. Sep. 28 Toronto Canadiens 3-0
PR13. Oct. 3 Toronto Canadiens 4-2
1978 preseason
Canadiens
win preseason series 1-0-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 8-2-5
PR14. Sep. 27 Toronto Canadiens 9-3
PR15. Oct. 7 Toronto tie 2-2
1979 preseason
preseason series tied 1-1
Canadiens
lead all-time series 9-3-5
PR16. Sep. 26 Toronto Canadiens 5-3
PR17. Oct. 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1
1980 preseason
Maple Leafs win preseason series 2-0
Canadiens
lead all-time series 9-5-5
PR18. Sep. 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3
PR19. Sep. 24 Montréal Maple Leafs 5-1
1981 preseason
preseason series tied 1-1
Canadiens
lead all-time series 10-6-5
PR20. Sep. 23 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3
PR21. Oct. 3 Toronto Canadiens 3-1
1982 preseason
Canadiens win preseason series 3-0
Canadiens lead all-time series 13-6-5
PR22. Sep. 18 Toronto Canadiens 5-4
PR23. Sep. 19 Ottawa Canadiens 5-3
PR24. Sep. 22 Toronto Canadiens 6-3
1983 preseason
Canadiens win preseason series 2-0
Canadiens lead all-time series 15-6-5

PR25. Sep. 28 Toronto Canadiens 4-3
PR26. Oct. 1 Toronto Canadiens 5-3
1993 preseason
preseason series tied 1-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 16-7-5
PR27. Sep. 17 Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2
PR28. Sep. 26 Montréal Canadiens 4-2
1994 preseason
preseason series tied 1-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 17-8-5
PR29. Sep. 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2
PR30. Sep. 21 Montréal Canadiens 5-3
1995 preseason
preseason series tied 1-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 18-9-5
PR31. Sep. 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 6-0
PR32. Sep. 23 Montréal Canadiens 7-6 (OT)
1996 preseason
Canadiens win preseason series 2-0
Canadiens lead all-time series 20-9-5
PR33. Sep. 22 Montréal Canadiens 8-3
PR34. Sep. 26 Toronto Canadiens 6-4
1997 preseason
Canadiens win preseason series 1-0-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 21-9-6
PR35. Sep. 13 Montréal tie 5-5
PR36. Sep. 16 Toronto Canadiens 2-1 (OT)
1998 preseason
Maple Leafs win preseason series 2-0
Canadiens
lead all-time series 21-11-6
PR37. Sep. 26 Montréal Maple Leafs 2-1
PR38. Sep. 30 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 (OT)
2001 preseason
Canadiens win preseason series 2-0
Canadiens lead all-time series 23-11-6

PR39. Sep. 17 St. John’s Canadiens 3-0
PR40. Sep. 18 Montréal Canadiens 2-1
2003 preseason
Maple Leafs win preseason series 2-0
Canadiens
lead all-time series 23-13-6
PR41. Sep. 23 Montréal Maple Leafs 2-1
PR42. Sep. 29 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1
2005 preseason
preseason series tied 1-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 24-14-6
PR43. Sep. 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3
PR44. Sep. 24 Montréal Canadiens 3-2
2006 preseason
Maple Leafs win preseason series 2-0
Canadiens
lead all-time series 24-16-6
PR45. Sep. 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1
PR46. Sep. 23 Montréal Maple Leafs 4-3
2015 preseason
preseason series tied 1-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 25-17-6
PR47. Sep. 22 Montréal Maple Leafs 2-1 (OT)
PR48. Sep. 26 Toronto Canadiens 1-0
2016 preseason
preseason series tied at 1-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 26-18-6
PR49. Oct. 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 (OT)
PR50. Oct. 6 Montréal Canadiens 6-1
2017 preseason
Maple Leafs win preseason series 2-0
Canadiens lead all-time series 26-20-6
PR51. Sep. 25 Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1
PR52. Sep. 27 Québec Maple Leafs 4-2
2018 preseason
season series tied 1-1
Canadiens lead all-time series 27-21-6
PR53. Sep. 24 Toronto Canadiens 5-1
PR54. Sep. 26 Montréal Maple Leafs 5-3
2019 preseason
Maple Leafs
win preseason series 2-0
Canadiens lead all-time series 27-23-6
PR55. Sep. 23 Montréal Maple Leafs 3-0
PR56. Sep. 25 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0
2020 Return To Play preseason
Maple Leafs
win preseason series 1-0
Canadiens lead all-time series 27-24-6
PR57. Jul. 28 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2
THE PRESEASON, BY THE NUMBERS
Total Games Played:
57
All-Time Record:
Montréal leads 27-24-6

All-Time Record, Overtime Wins: Toronto leads 3-2
Longest Montréal Undefeated Streak:
8 games (Oct. 4, 1972Sep. 26, 1979)
Longest Toronto Undefeated Streak:
4 games (2 times, latest Sep. 26, 2018Jul. 28, 2020)
Largest Montréal Victory:
8-3 (Sep. 22, 1996)
Largest Toronto Victory:
6-0 (Sep. 22, 1995)
Most Goals, Game, Montréal:
9 (Sep. 27, 1978)
Most Goals, Game, Toronto:
6 (2 times, latest Sep. 22, 1995)
Most Goals, Game, Combined:
13 (Sep. 22, 1995)
Least Goals, Game, Combined:
1 (Sep. 26, 2015)