- The Canadiens had the day off on Sunday after picking up a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Michel Therrien's troops will be back at practice on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
- Drayson Bowman, who was called up from the Bulldogs on Saturday, returned to Hamilton on Sunday evening without seeing any game action. The 25-year-old has registered six points in 11 games for Sylvain Lefebvre's contingent thus far this season.
- For his part, Jarred Tinordi returned to Montreal after being assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs on November 6 where he was scheduled to play two games over the weekend. Tinordi did not get on the scoresheet while with Hamilton, amassing a minus-2 differential. He has two points in nine games with the Canadiens this season, and he's also chipped in with 11 hits.
- The Canadiens held an optional morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex on Saturday ahead of their tilt against the Minnesota Wild at the Bell Centre. While the game is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. EST, Guy Lapointe’s jersey retirement ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on TVA and CITY Montreal.
- Travis Moen will return to the Canadiens’ lineup after missing the last two games as a healthy scratch. Jiri Sekac will also see action against Minnesota.
- After snapping a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night, Michel Therrien’s troops are eager to give Mike Yeo’s contingent all it can handle at the Bell Centre. Like Montreal, the Wild have struggled as of late, dropping their last two outings to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators, respectively. It’s no secret what the Canadiens have to do in order to be successful against the Wild, who currently rank atop the league in shots against per game (22.3).
“We’ve got to shoot the puck more, go to the net more, be more aggressive in front of the net, be hungrier and try to get a shot on net every chance we get because you never know if the shot will go in or not,” offered Alex Galchenyuk, who boasts four goals and eight points in 14 games during the 2014-15 campaign. “Sometimes, we overthink things and try to make a nicer play which doesn’t always work out.”
That being said, the Canadiens are still satisfied with their style of play, even if the group has collectively struggled to light the lamp on a consistent basis.
“We’ve let in too many goals in a couple of our games recently. At the same time, we like the way we’re trending right now. We put in a solid 65 minutes in the Buffalo game. Ultimately, what we’re looking at is playing and competing for a full game,” stressed Max Pacioretty, who leads the team alongside Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban with nine points on the season. “Obviously, the results haven’t always been there, but I think they’ll come.”
- That’s something Brendan Gallagher stressed on Saturday morning, too. The 22-year-old right-winger is in the midst of a scoring drought of his own, having failed to find the back of the net over the last nine games.
“I just think I have to execute on my chances. I feel like the scoring chances haven’t gone away. If anything, I’m getting more chances than I did earlier in the year. I’ve just got to find ways to put them in,” offered Gallagher, who has been held off the scoresheet since putting up two goals and three points in the Canadiens’ home opener back on Oct. 16. “The hard part is not letting it affect your play and continuing to play the same way. You have to know what the most important thing is, whether you’re scoring or not, and that’s winning hockey games. That’s what our job is, and if we continue to keep that as our main focus, we should be fine.”
- Manny Malhotra might be in the veritable infancy of his career with the Canadiens, but he’s well aware of just how significant jersey retirement ceremonies in Montreal can be.
“It’s something very special. When you head into the room here [in Brossard] and you see all of the photos on the wall and the faces behind you, it’s special. I had a chance to be a part of the retirement ceremony for Bob Gainey when I was with the Columbus Blue Jackets,” mentioned Malhotra, who was in the Bell Centre when Gainey’s No. 23 jersey was raised to the rafters back on Feb. 23, 2008. “I’ve seen just how special it is for the players and the fans, too. I’m excited to experience it.”
Pacioretty shared similar sentiments on Saturday morning.
“It’s definitely nice, especially a Saturday night game, to have some alumni here who’ve had so much success in the league and in this organization,” praised Pacioretty. “It’s a special night for everybody, not just for Guy. We’re honored to play in a game where his jersey and number are retired. It will be a lot of fun.”
- Carey Price should get the start in goal for the Canadiens on Saturday night. He boasts a 3-2-0 record and 2.79 goals-against average in five previous outings against Minnesota. For their part, the Wild will likely counter with Darcy Kuemper.
Game Preview - Canadiens vs. Wild
Words From The Room - Nov. 8
Here is the complete broadcast schedule for the fifth episode of the third season of 24CH.
Saturday, November 8 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 8 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 8 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 15 - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 9 - 12:00 a.m. - Canal D
Sunday, November 9 - 9:00 a.m. - Canal D
Sunday, November 9 - 1:00 p.m. - RDS2
Monday, November 10 - 6:00 p.m. - RDS2
Tuesday, November 11 - 10:30 p.m. - RDS2
Wednesday, November 12 - 5:00 p.m. - RDS2
Friday, November 14 - 11:00 p.m. - RDS
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.
- After a day off on Thursday, the Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Friday morning. Michel Therrien’s troops will be back in action on Saturday night when they play host to the Minnesota Wild. Guy Lapointe’s jersey retirement ceremony will take place prior to the game.
- All players were present and accounted for at practice, except for Michael Bournival, who was injured in Wednesday night’s tilt in Buffalo. Bournival is sidelined indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
- Assistant coaches Dan Lacroix and Jean-Jacques Daigneault worked with the special teams units prior to the start of practice. They put the players through drills focusing on puck retrieval in the offensive zone.
- Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Jiri Sekac will be in the lineup against Minnesota on Saturday night. He also indicated that all other lineup descisions haven't been made as of yet.
- For their part, the Wild were scheduled to practice at the Bell Centre on Friday afternoon.
Lines and D pairings at practice:
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau
Gallagher – Plekanec – Galchenyuk
Prust – Eller – Sekac
Weise/Bourque – Malhotra – Moen
Gilbert – Beaulieu
Subban – Markov
Emelin – Weaver
- Guy Lapointe’s jersey retirement ceremony will take place on November 8, 2014 at the Bell Centre prior to the game against the Minnesota Wild.
While the game is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m., we suggest that you arrive early as the ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Guy Lapointe’s jersey will be the 18th jersey raised to the Bell Centre rafters, joining the likes of Howie Morenz (#7), Maurice Richard (#9), Jean Beliveau (#4), Henri Richard (#16), Guy Lafleur (#10), Doug Harvey (#2), Jacques Plante (#1), Dickie Moore (#12), Bernard Geoffrion (#5), Serge Savard (#18), Ken Dryden (#29), Larry Robinson (#19), Bob Gainey (#23), Patrick Roy (#33), Elmer Lach (#16), Yvan Cournoyer (#12) and Emile Bouchard (#3).
The event will mark the Canadiens’ first jersey retirement ceremony since December 4, 2009, when Elmer Lach and Emile Bouchard saw their jerseys raised to the rafters in conjunction with the team’s centennial celebrations.
- After downing the Sabres in a shootout on Wednesday in Buffalo, the Canadiens were given the day off on Thursday,
- Jarred Tinordi was assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs. He should play two games with the Canadiens' AHL affiliate over the weekend before rejoining the big club on Sunday. The Bulldogs will play two games against the Adirondack Phantoms on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8.
Canadiens prospect Nikita Scherback registered a hat trick for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night in his team’s 6-3 win over the Red Deer Rebels.
The 18-year-old forward, who was selected 26th overall by the Canadiens in 2014, is off to an excellent start to the season. He already boasts 10 goals and 20 points in 12 games.
Last season, Scherbak put up 78 points in 65 games with the Saskatoon Blades. Prior to the start of the 2014-15 campaign, the Blades traded Scherbak to the Silvertips in exchange for goaltender Nik Amundrud and several draft picks.
|Dustin Tokarski will get his third start of the season on Wednesday.|
- The Canadiens held a closed skate on Wednesday morning at the First Niagra Center following a late arrival to Western New York. Carey Price, Dustin Tokarski, Nathan Beaulieu, Rene Bourque and Travis Moen were the only players on the ice for the brief morning practice.
- Tokarski will get his third start of the season on Wednesday in Buffalo. In his last outing on October 27 in Edmonton, the 25-year-old netminder allowed two goals on 18 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Oilers.
- A healthy scratch over the previous seven games, rookie Jiri Sekac will be back in the line-up opposite the Sabres in place of Bourque. In six games this season, the 22-year-old Czech forward has registered one goal while compiling a -4 differential.
- In addition to Bourque, Moen will also be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game after Michael Bournival was reinserted into the lineup on Tuesday against the Blackhawks.
- Rounding out the lineup changes is Jarred Tinordi who will replace Beaulieu on the blue line. The 22-year-old defenseman sat out the previous two games against Chicago and Calgary.
Game Preview: Canadiens @ Sabres
The Numbers Game - November 4, 2014
- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday morning ahead of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Bell Centre. Following the game, the Canadiens will fly to Buffalo where they’ll take on the Sabres on Wednesday night at the First Niagara Center.
- Tuesday night’s game will mark the first meeting between goaltending coaches Stephane Waite, and his brother, Jimmy, who joined the Blackhawks prior to the 2014-15 campaign. While Stephane will be monitoring the work of Carey Price, Jimmy will be paying close attention to Corey Crawford. Price has played four career games against Chicago. He holds a 3-1-0 record, a 1.49 goals-against average, and a .953 save percentage during that span.
- Head coach Michel Therrien decided to make several changes to his lineup ahead of the tilt against Chicago. Michael Bournival will play his first game of the season. He will take Travis Moen’s place in the lineup. For his part, Jiri Sekac will also be a healthy scratch.
“I’m excited. I’ve been preparing to play since the start of the year. I feel ready,” offered Bournival, who played 60 games with the Canadiens last season. “You have to stay positive. I kept telling myself that I’d get a chance to play. It’s happening, and it’s up to me to seize the opportunity.”
And, Bournival’s teammates are excited to see the 22-year-old take to the ice against Chicago after a few stints with the Hamilton Bulldogs to stay in game shape.
“I hope he can create a spark,” mentioned Lars Eller, who should center a line flanked by Rene Bourque and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau. “We know that he’s going to bring energy and enthusiasm. We know what we’ve got in Bourney, and I’m sure he’s going to bring his “A” game.”
- The Canadiens have put the lopsided loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames behind them. That’s a good thing considering a game against one of the NHL’s perennial powerhouses in the Chicago Blackhawks is on tap on Tuesday night. So, are Michel Therrien’s troops ready to give everything they’ve got to best a team that is widely considered among the best in the league? The answer to that question is a resounding yes.
|RAW: Lars Eller|
“After you’ve been embarrassed like that, there’s so much pride in the room that I’m confident we’re not going to repeat the performance we put on last game at home,” stressed Lars Eller, who scored his second goal of the season in Sunday night’s 6-2 loss to Calgary in Montreal. “I say that from experience from the past. Even last year, I think we were good at responding, even when we had difficult periods or difficult games. There’s a lot of pride in this room, and I’m sure we’re going to come out and play the right way.”
Needless to say, Joel Quenneville’s contingent won’t make things easy for them. The Canadiens are well aware of Chicago’s capabilities at both ends of the rink, and they aren’t taking their latest opponents lightly despite the fact that the Blackhawks have struggled out of the gate this season with just six wins in their first 12 games.
“They’re a great team. We know what they’ve accomplished over the past couple of years. We know what type of players they have on that team. They have a dynamic group,” offered P.K. Subban, who should be paired with Andrei Markov on Tuesday night. “But, we can’t focus on them. We need to focus on our group and what we can control. That’s how we play. If we play our team game and we play our system right, we’ll be just fine.”
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. The game can be seen on RDS and Sportsnet East.
Projected lineup vs. Blackhawks:
Game Preview - Canadiens vs. Blackhawks
Words From The Room - Nov. 4
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Making his point
- After dropping a 6-2 decision to the Calgary Flames on Sunday night at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday ahead of their tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
- All players were present and accounted for at practice.
- The Canadiens spent a good part of Monday’s practice taking part in high-intensity skating and battle drills in the corners and in front of the net.
- In his post-practice press conference, head coach Michel Therrien indicated that he is considering making lineup changes for the game against Chicago. That means that Jiri Sekac and/or Michael Bournival, both of whom have been healthy scratches as of late, could suit up as soon as Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
- Therrien confirmed that Alex Galchenyuk will play wing against the Blackhawks after spending some time at center against the Flames. On Monday, Galchenyuk was featured on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher.
Forward lines and D pairings at practice: