- The Canadiens skated at Rogers Arena on Thursday morning ahead of their tilt against the Vancouver Canucks. It’s the final game of a three-game road trip. Michel Therrien’s troops will return to Montreal on Friday, and will be back in action on Sunday night against the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre.
- Head coach Michel Therrien indicated that a decision concerning any lineup changes for Thursday night's game has not been made as of yet.
- Dale Weise is one of several Canadiens players who donned a Canucks jersey in recent years. In Weise’s case, Thursday night’s game marks the Winnipeg native’s first tilt at Rogers Arena since being dealt to Montreal last February. The 26-year-old forward, who spent two-plus seasons plying his trade in the Lower Mainland, can’t wait to suit up in his old barn and play in front of a fan base that always made him feel at home.
“I loved my timed here. I’ve got a lot of good friends that are still on the team. I respect the players in that locker room so much, from the Sedins to everybody else I’ve met here. They’re just amazing people. It’s a great organization,” praised Weise, who has two assists in seven games thus far this season. “They gave me a real chance to play in the NHL and get my foot in the door. That’s all you can ask for as a player. I’ve got nothing but respect for this city and the fans. I loved it here.”
One person Weise didn’t necessarily enjoy working with during his time in Vancouver was former Canucks head coach John Tortorella. Utilized sparingly while the temperamental bench boss was in charge, Weise admits that while his desire to best his former team on Thursday night is already quite high, it would be even greater if Tortorella was still running the show.
“It would be a lot higher. Absolutely,” offered Weise. “Obviously, it’s a new coach and a new organization. I’ve got no hard feelings. I love the guys on that team. They’re a great group of guys. Other than this game, I wish the absolute best for every single guy there. I’m extremely motivated to play and to get the win.”
|RAW: Manny Malhotra|
- Former Canucks forward Manny Malhotra shared similar sentiments on Thursday morning. Unlike Weise, however, the 34-year-old centerman already made his return to Vancouver last season as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. While the tilt might not necessarily be a significant occasion for the Mississauga native, it’s safe to say Malhotra very much appreciated his time in the city.
“I think last year was a little bit more of that nostalgic feeling, whereas this year I’ve kind of moved on,” admitted Malhotra, who is still looking for his first point as a member of the Canadiens. “Obviously, I’ll never forget the good times we had here. I had a lot of good friends over there on that team. The staff is incredible. But once the drops, it’s just another game.”
- Like the Canadiens, the Canucks are off to an excellent start to the 2014-15 campaign, having won six of their first nine games. Willie Desjardins’ contingent boasts a few new faces in the locker room, including Radim Vrbata, who is playing alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin. With a combined total of 33 points between them thus far this season, Michel Therrien knows that his troops will have to keep a close eye on those forwards in particular all game long.
“It’s always a challenge. Every time we go up against the Sedin line, they’ve always been one of the best trios in the NHL. It won’t be any different this time around,” stressed Therrien. “We’ll have to stick to our structure, and play a disciplined brand of hockey especially when they’re out there. With the parity that exists in the NHL these days, every game is big. This game is no exception.”
- Fans should expect a stellar goaltending duel on Thursday night as Carey Price and Ryan Miller will do battle between the pipes. Price, a native of Anahim Lake, BC, has come out on top in four of his last five outings in Vancouver.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 10 p.m. EST.
- The Canadiens skated at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Monday morning ahead of their tilt against the Oilers. Michel Therrien’s troops are looking for their fifth straight win, while Dallas Eakins’ contingent is riding a three-game winning streak.
- Dustin Tokarski will make his second start of the season on Monday night. The 25-year-old netminder picked up the win in his only other start of the year back on October 9th in Washington.
“Coming in, we knew full well that Dustin would play one of the two games in Alberta. We took many things into consideration when we decided to go with him in Edmonton. The fact that he comes from Saskatchewan is one of the factors, but it’s not the only one. We’re sensitive to those types of things,” offered Therrien. “It’s a new role for him. He has to adjust to it. If we don’t give him a chance, we won’t know if he’s capable of doing it. That’s one of the reasons why we went with him as our backup after training camp. Every time we put a challenge in front of him, he meets it head on. It’s a new challenge, but we have confidence in him.”
- While the Canadiens’ bench boss won’t feature any changes up front against Edmonton, he did elect to make a move on the back end. Nathan Beaulieu will see NHL action for the first time since October 13th. He will take Jarred Tinordi’s spot in the lineup.
“Tinordi was playing good hockey, but we wanted to give Nathan a chance to play an NHL game. He did well to start the year with us. He just played two AHL games with the Bulldogs over the last few days. We’re going up against a team that’s fast and that likes to skate. That’s one of the reasons we decided to go with Nathan,” confided Therrien. “We’ll go ahead and make other decisions, as needed, for the game on Tuesday against Calgary.”
- Monday night’s tilt marks the 300th NHL game of Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau’s career. The 31-year-old right-winger, who was acquired by the Canadiens in late June in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche, is enjoying a good start to the season with two goals and five points in eight games.
|RAW: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau|
“It’s pretty exciting to reach 300 games in the league. I don’t think many people would have thought that I’d reach this milestone when I was 26 years old and I was still playing in the AHL,” admitted the seven-year NHL veteran, who also previously suited up for the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers and New York Islanders over the course of his career. “The message that I’d like to put out there is that you must never lose faith in yourself. I was almost 27 and I was still playing in the minors before I managed to break through with the Rangers. Now, I’m playing my 300th game and I’d like to tell youngsters never to give up hope. If they have faith in their abilities, anything is possible.”
- The Canadiens’ annual road trip out to Western Canada provides a perfect opportunity for sniper Alex Galchenyuk to meet up with good friend Nail Yakupov, who, like Galchenyuk, is now in his third season in the NHL.
“We played together in Sarnia, and we’ve been good friends since then. I’m sure he wants to beat me, and I want to beat him. Hopefully, it will be a fun game,” offered Galchenyuk, who has three goals and seven points in eight games thus far this season. “He invited me over for dinner on Sunday night. He picked me up. It was great. We talked about the season and how the summer went.”
- Rene Bourque is still seeking his first goal of the 2014-15 campaign, and the City of Champions might just be the perfect spot for the Lac La Biche, AB native to light the lamp. Bourque has enjoyed plenty of success against the Oilers over the course of his career. In fact, he leads all current Habs with 10 goals and 20 points in 27 career games against Edmonton.
“It’s been a while since I’ve scored a goal. I’m looking to get on the board here, and hopefully it happens on Monday night,” mentioned Bourque, before going on to praise the manner in which his line featuring Lars Eller and Dale Weise has been clicking as of late. “Our line is coming off a good game against New York. Weise has been a good addition on the right side. He’s kind of simplified our line a little bit, and we’ve been playing better. We haven’t been scoring as much as we wanted to lately, but I think we’ve been getting a lot more chances. That’s a good sign.”
- Puck drop is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. EST.
- The Canadiens held a game day skate on Saturday at the Bell Centre, ahead of hosting the New York Rangers in a rematch of last spring’s Eastern Conference Final.
- Saturday’s game marks a milestone for Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien, even if the Habs’ bench boss insists he isn’t paying it much attention, focusing instead on the two points at hand. “I didn’t even know it was my 600th game until someone told me yesterday after practice,” offered the 50-year-old. “Every coach wants two things when they get started in this league, to have a long career and to win a Stanley Cup. This is a milestone for me and it proves how quickly time flies, but what I’m most appreciative of is all the amazing people I’ve have the opportunity to work with so far.”
- Saturday’s game also marks the first between the Habs and the Rangers since Montreal fell in six games to New York last spring, but talk of the NHL’s newest rivalry may be premature. “Every game against an Original Six team is special,” acknowledged Therrien. “Whether it’s the Rangers, Toronto, Boston, or even a team we don’t see often like Chicago, they’re always special games. Last year is in the past. They’re a different team and so are we. It’s tough to say whether it’s a rivalry, but one thing that I can say is that we’re playing against a good hockey team who went to the Stanley Cup Final and we have a great challenge ahead of us.”
- Having previously worked with the Rangers as an assistant coach a season ago, Therrien may look to his newly appointed assistant Dan Lacroix for the edge on Saturday night opposite their Eastern opponents. “He knows them well, so we’ll lean on his expertise tonight, but there aren’t many secrets in the NHL,” admitted the Habs bench boss. “Regardless of which team we’re facing, we spend hours preparing our game plans. Both teams will be well prepared.”
|Michel Therrien and Alain Vigneault talked to 700 coaches during the Tim Hortons Coaching Day.
- No changes are expected to the roster as the Habs look to be sticking with Tuesday’s winning lineup. “I have no reason to take Dale Weise [who replaced Jiri Sekac last game] out. I really like his speed and his play around the net. Travis Moen is also doing excellent work. I like his speed. I can play him during five on fives or on special teams. He’s doing an excellent job on the penalty kill with Malhotra.”
- Carey Price will get his seventh start of the season on Saturday and his first against the Rangers since suffering a season-ending injury opposite New York in Game 1 of last spring’s Eastern Conference Final. Price holds a 2.06 GAA and 0.934 save percentage against Alain Vigneault’s squad.
- The Canadiens donned their purple jerseys at practice on Saturday in support of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. To learn more about the Canadiens’ efforts to promote public awareness and raise funds for organizations involved in cancer care and research in North America, click here.
- The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. and fans are reminded that due to newly reinforced security measures, backpacks are no longer permitted at the Bell Centre. Reentry will also no longer be permitted once entering the Bell Centre.
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|Photo: Vincent Levesque Rousseau - Phoenix de Sherbrooke|
Canadiens prospect Daniel Audette registers six points in a 6-5 win
Canadiens prospect Daniel Audette continued his strong start to his junior season on Friday, registering a point on each of his team's goals as the Sherbrooke Phoenix beat the Moncton Wildcats by a score of 6-5.
Selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Audette scored twice and added four assists for Sherbrooke, in addition to netting the game-winner with just 16 seconds left on the clock.
The son of former Hab Donald Audette now has 24 points (10-14-24) in just 14 games played so far, placing him seventh overall among QMJHL scorers.
Here is the complete broadcast schedule for the third episode of the third season of 24CH.
Satuday, October 25 - 5:00 p.m.
Satuday, October 25 - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, October 27 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1st - 4 p.m.
RebroadcastSunday, October 26 - 12:00 a.m. - Canal D
Sunday, October 26 - 9:00 a.m. - Canal D
Sunday, October 26 - 12:30 p.m. - RDS
Tuesday, October 28 - 7:00 p.m. - RDS
Wednesday, October 29 - 8:30 a.m. - RDS
Thursday, October 30 - 3:30 p.m. - RDS
Friday, October 31 - 12:30 a.m. - RDS
Friday, October 31 - 11:30 p.m. - RDS 2
24CH Premiere, including extra footage, will be available every Friday night on the Bell TV app. 24CH The Quiz will be available on demand on Bell Local (channel 1217) for Fibe TV customers, with a new episode every Saturday.
Check out the complete broadcast schedule of 24CH HERE.
- The Canadiens held a second-consecutive practice on Friday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, ahead of Saturday’s home game against the New York Rangers.
- The team hit the ice 25 minutes before practice was officially scheduled to start, to work on special teams with coaches Dan Lacroix, Jean-Jacques Daigneault and Clement Jodoin.
-Head coach Michel Therrien’s lineup looked largely unchanged on Friday, aside from Dale Weise and Jiri Sekac sharing time on the Lars Eller – Rene Bourque line. One of the two wingers is expected to be a healthy scratch on Saturday against the Rangers, and although Therrien did not confirm his lines for the weekend, he did hint that he’s been satisfied with Weise’s play.
- Saturday’s morning practice will be notably held at the Bell Centre rather than at the Bell Sports Complex due to the annual Tim Hortons Coaching Day event taking place in Montreal. Hundreds of minor hockey coaches from across the province will be taking part in the yearly clinic. Click here to learn more.
- The Canadiens will also host team’s game-worn equipment sale on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre. Fans can access the sale via the Lucien-L’Allier station.
- Carey Price will get his seventh start of the season on Saturday and his first against the Rangers since suffering a season-ending injury opposite New York in Game 1 of last spring’s East Final. Price holds a 2.06 GAA and 0.934 save percentage against Alain Vigneault’s squad.Offensive lines and defensive pairings at practice
Prust – Malhotra – Moen
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Sekac/Weise – Eller – Bourque
Galchenyuk – Plekanec– Parenteau
Emelin – Subban
Gilbert – Markov
Weaver – Tinordi
- After a day off on Wednesday, the Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Thursday afternoon. They are scheduled to practice again on Friday in preparation for a Saturday night tilt against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre.
- All players were present at practice on Thursday.
- Forward Connor Crisp has been medically cleared to play and officially assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Crisp underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason.
Lines and D pairings at practice:
- The Canadiens held a morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday ahead of their tilt against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre. It is the first of four regular season meetings between the two Atlantic Division rivals during the 2014-15 campaign.
- After watching the Canadiens’ last two games from the press box as a healthy scratch, Dale Weise returns to active duty on Tuesday night against the Red Wings. He’ll take Jiri Sekac’s spot in the lineup on a line with Lars Eller and Rene Bourque.
“I thought Weise had a mediocre start to the season. I’d like to see him play with more intensity, just like he did at the end of last season and during the playoffs. I want to give Dale a chance because I’m not the type of coach that waits for things to go bad before making changes. It’s bad for the team. I really believe in team spirit. The time was right to bring him back,” stressed head coach Michel Therrien, who will give Weise an opportunity to play in front of the Bell Centre faithful for the first time this season. “We’d like Sekac to watch the game from a different angle. That doesn’t mean he’s gone for good. These are things that happen with young players.”
- Like Weise, youngster Jarred Tinordi knows a thing or two about being shuffled in and out of the lineup. The 22-year-old rearguard was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the year, but has played every game since, stringing together one good performance after another with the help of veteran defensive partner, Mike Weaver.
“It’s awesome having him there. He’s a great guy to lean towards. I know sometimes I might make mistakes out there, but it’s nice knowing that both him and Pricey are right there backing me up. It’s good,” offered Tinordi, who has registered eight hits and seven blocked shots in four games thus far this season. “He’s been around a long time. He knows what it takes, especially being a smaller guy. For him to have the career that he’s had so far, playing a similar style as me, it’s awesome to have him to look to for advice.”
- If the Canadiens manage to best Mike Babcock’s contingent on Tuesday night, they will have gotten off to their best start since 1977-78, when they began the year with six wins and a tie through their first seven games.
In Brendan’s Gallagher’s eyes, the Habs’ early-season success can be attributed to a few key intangibles.
“I think right now we’ve got a lot of lines contributing. We’ve been able to put the puck in the net, and create momentum for the team. We’ve been playing in the offensive zone. When you can roll four lines like that, it’s tough to play against. If we’re able to do that, it creates another challenge for our opponent,” confided Gallagher, who boasts three goals and five points on the year. “We’re very comfortable with our team. I think everyone has a role, and everyone sticks to it every night. There’s good accountability in the locker room. When we do that, we have success.”
The Canadiens will certainly need to roll those same four lines against a Red Wings team that is off to a hot start, too. Like Montreal, Detroit is seeking a third straight win, and they will also be featuring forward Pavel Datsyuk in their lineup for the first time this year on Tuesday night. The two-time Stanley Cup champion sustained a separated shoulder during training camp on Sept. 22 and missed the first five games of the regular season.
“The Red Wings are a good team,” praised Therrien. “They play really well, and they have a lot of speed. Defensively, they’re really sharp. It’s going to be a hell of a challenge for our young team.”
- Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. He boasts a 4-3-1 record, a 2.85 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in eight career outings against Detroit. The Red Wings will counter with Jimmy Howard, who gets the call after a groin injury forced him on to the 48-hour goaltender injured reserve list over the weekend.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.
- The Canadiens practiced at the Bell Centre on Monday morning after taking their 2014-15 team photograph. Michel Therrien’s troops will be back in action on Tuesday night when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings.
- After playing two games over the weekend in Hamilton, the Canadiens recalled Michael Bournival on Monday. Bournival took part in practice alongside his teammates, rotating on the fourth line with Travis Moen.
Lines and D pairings at practice:
- The Canadiens held an optional morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Saturday ahead of their tilt against the Colorado Avalanche at the Bell Centre. The Avalanche enter the game having secured just one win in their first five games of the year.
- Seventeen players took part in the on-ice session, including forwards Alex Galchenyuk, Dale Weise, Travis Moen, Jiri Sekac, Brendan Gallagher, Rene Bourque, Lars Eller, Tomas Plekanec, Brandon Prust and Manny Malhotra. Defensemen Mike Weaver, Nathan Beaulieu, Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin, and Jarred Tinordi were also present, as were goaltenders Carey Price and Dustin Tokarski.
- Head coach Michel Therrien won’t be tinkering with his lineup for the tilt against Colorado, featuring the same troops that bested the Bruins in the Canadiens’ home opener on Thursday night. That means that Dale Weise will be a healthy scratch up front for a second consecutive game. As such, Travis Moen will play his third game of the season. He should line up alongside Brandon Prust and Manny Malhotra.
“I’m happy to be in. It’s never fun being out. I’m going to take it one game at the time and try to help the team win and do my job,” offered Moen, who logged 12:25 of ice time against the Bruins, while dishing out five hits along the way. “It’s the nature of the game. It’s good that the team is healthy now, but I’ll do whatever I can to stay in the lineup. Whatever role I’m given, I’ll do it.”
- While Patrick Roy’s contingent has struggled to light the lamp early in the year, the Canadiens know full well that the Avalanche boast some of the most talented offensive players in the game today, including Jarome Iginla, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog. With that in mind, defenseman Mike Weaver is adamant that one of the keys to victory will be to play a disciplined brand of hockey over the course of 60 straight minutes.
“It’s all about not taking penalties against Colorado. We need to stay out of the box. They’ve got a great power play. They’ve got some really skilled forwards. They’re a fast team, so as long as we’re getting it deep in their zone and playing more in their zone than ours, that’s our game plan,” offered Weaver, who sits tied with Nathan Beaulieu for third on the team with 11 blocked shots on the year.
The veteran rearguard also weighed in on the Canadiens’ defensive struggles through five games, stressing the fact that gelling as a cohesive unit takes time.
|RAW: Mike Weaver|
“I think we tightened things up last game. We’re always trying to improve. The year just started, so everyday we’re just trying to improve one or two things a game. At this point in the season, you’re not expecting to be at your peak, but we’re slowly getting there,” offered Weaver, whose squad enters Saturday night’s tilt ranked 26th in the league in goals against per game. “We need to work on a little bit of everything like sticks on pucks and better gaps. I think our forwards have done a great job in the offensive zone getting it deep. So, there are just little things that we need to keep paying attention to.”
- Rookie netminder Calvin Pickard will get the call in goal for the Avalanche on Saturday night, and the Canadiens plan on giving him a good workout from the get-go. The 22-year-old made his NHL debut on Thursday night against the Senators, tuning aside 23 of 27 shots against in a 5-3 loss in Ottawa.
“We’ll try to get to know him real quick. We’ll have to get as many shots on him as we can. Whether you know a goalie really well or you don’t know him at all, you try to get traffic, you try to get shots,” mentioned Brandon Prust, who has racked up nine penalty minutes thus far this season. “We’ll have to test him early and make him work. We’ll try to get to him early.”
Pickard, who has spent the last two seasons with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, was called into action when backup Reto Berra was injured early in the tilt in Ottawa. Avalanche starter Semyon Varlamov is currently on injured reserve.
- Carey Price will make his fifth start of the season for the Canadiens.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.