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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.10.2014 / 1:09 PM

- The Canadiens held an optional morning skate on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia ahead of their tilt against the Flyers. Following the game, the Habs will travel to Tampa Bay where they’ll close out their four-game road trip on Monday night against the Lightning.

- Seventeen players, including both goaltenders, took part in the skate. The only players absent were Max Pacioretty, Rene Bourque, Manny Malhotra, David Desharnais, Mike Weaver and Tom Gilbert. They elected to participate in off-ice workouts instead in preparation for the Canadiens’ third game of the season.

- Alexei Emelin did not skate on Saturday morning as head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that the Russian rearguard is day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained in the tilt against the Capitals on Thursday night in Washington. As such, Emelin will not suit up against the Flyers on Saturday night. Jarred Tinordi will take his place in the lineup and make his 2014-15 regular-season debut.

“I feel good. I’m excited. Not knowing when I was going to play was tough, but I’m in and I’m excited,” offered Tinordi, who played 22 games for the Canadiens last season. “I’ve never played here before, so it’s awesome. I’m excited. I’ve heard good things about playing here.”

- Therrien indicated that he would not reveal his lines ahead of the tilt in Philadelphia. There’s a good chance, however, that both Michael Bournival and Travis Moen will be healthy scratches as the pair skated long after the morning skate had already wrapped up. That suggests that Dale Weise could be back in the lineup after sitting out the Canadiens’ last game in Washington.

- The City of Brotherly Love has been anything but kind to the Canadiens in recent years. The Habs haven’t registered a win in Philadelphia since April 2010, a span of 10 straight games, including playoffs. Michel Therrien’s troops are perfectly aware of that stat, and they know full well what they have to do to snap that double-digit losing streak.

RAW: Lars Eller

“I think it’s about time we won here. Philly is a physical team. It’s a pretty hostile building. The fans are loud and they really get into it. We’ve got to be on our toes, and we can’t have a first period like we did last game in Washington. We’ve got to come out hard and help out Pricer,” stressed Eller, who, based on the lines featured at practice on Friday, could line up alongside Rene Bourque and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau on Saturday night. “We should be excited and play with confidence because we’re 2-0. We’ve had the start we wanted. There are no excuses tonight.”

The Canadiens’ bench boss shared similar sentiments on Saturday morning.

“We’ll have to play an intense game for 60 straight minutes. I really like the way we’ve been playing in the second and third periods. Now, our challenge is get off to a good start and impose our rhythm,” offered Therrien. “We’re playing a team with a lot of depth on offense. It’s always a challenge playing against them. We’re going to look to get off to a good start.”

- Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Canadiens, while Ray Emery will make his first start of the season for the Flyers.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.10.2014 / 5:27 PM

Here is the complete broadcast schedule for the first episode of the third season of 24CH.

French

Saturday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. - Canal D
Saturday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. - RDS

English

Saturday, October 18, 3:30 p.m. - CTV Montreal

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.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.10.2014 / 1:51 PM

- After arriving in Philadelphia in the wee hours of Friday morning, the Canadiens practiced at the Wells Fargo Center ahead of their tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Michel Therrien’s troops will go in search of a third straight victory after besting the Maple Leafs and Capitals in the first two games of the current four-game road trip.

- All players were present at practice, except for defensemen Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin, both of whom were given a therapy day. In the absence of both rearguards, it is difficult to discern whether or not Therrien will make any changes in his defensive pairings ahead of the game against the Flyers on Saturday night.

- Jiri Sekac was reunited with Tomas Plekanec on a line with Alex Galchenyuk at practice after the trio showed tremendous jump when paired together during Thursday night’s tilt in Washington. For his part, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau assumed Sekac’s spot on a line with Lars Eller and Rene Bourque, while David Desharnais centered a trio with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Therrien, however, indicated that a decision concerning any and all lineup changes for the game against Philadelphia will come on Saturday.

- Based on the forward lines featured at practice, Dale Weise and Michael Bournival could be healthy scratches for the game against the Flyers.

Forward lines at practice:

Sekac-Plekanec-Galchenyuk
Parenteau-Eller-Bourque
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Prust-Malhotra-Moen
Weise-Bournival

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.10.2014 / 11:37 AM

Gabriel Dumont was named captain of the Hamilton Bulldogs, becoming the 13th player in franchise history to sport the “C”. He assumes the role in place of Martin St-Pierre.

The organization also named four assistant captains. Jake Dowell and Greg Pateryn will wear the “A” at home, while Davis Drewiske and Joe Finley will have a similar honor on the road.

Dumont, 24, is beginning his fifth full season with the Bulldogs. He’s amassed 109 points in 252 games, while picking up 328 penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.10.2014 / 10:52 AM

- After arriving in Washington in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, head coach Michel Therrien gave his troops a day off from practice before taking on the Capitals on Thursday night.

- Only the players who are not participating in Thursday night’s tilt, in addition to both goaltenders, skated at the Verizon Center.

- Dustin Tokarski should be in goal for the Canadiens on Thursday night. It will be his second career outing against the Capitals.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.10.2014 / 1:23 PM

- The Canadiens skated at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Wednesday morning ahead of contesting their 2014-15 regular-season opener against the Maple Leafs. It’s the first of four straight road games Michel Therrien’s troops will contest in the next six days. They’ll also make stops in Washington, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay before returning home to Montreal for the home-opener on October 16th at the Bell Centre.

- Wednesday night’s tilt in Toronto marks the fifth consecutive time the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs will do battle in the season-opener to kick off an NHL campaign.

“It’s one of the biggest rivalries out there, not only in the hockey world, but in all of professional sports. I think we’re lucky to be a part of it. Our philosophy is to take things one game at a time. You’ll often hear that. That’s our approach. But, the first game of the season is always special,” underlined Therrien, who is counting on leaving the Air Canada Centre with the Canadiens’ first two points of the season. “We’re hoping to have a better result than in the last two seasons, because the games didn’t turn out in our favor. But, it’s always special to play on opening night, especially against the Maple Leafs.”

- Czech forward Jiri Sekac will play his first career NHL game on Wednesday night. He’ll suit up on a line with Lars Eller and Rene Bourque. Even if the left-winger boasts 133 games of KHL experience, Michel Therrien is convinced the Kladno native might be somewhat nervous when the time comes to hit the ice in Toronto.

“We talked to him during the week. We congratulated him on making the team, and for having a good training camp. This will be a very special experience for him,” underlined Therrien, who will also feature several other youngsters in his lineup on Wednesday night, including defenseman Nathan Beaulieu. “For all of the players beginning their NHL careers, these are special moments both for them and their families and friends. He’ll remember this experience for the rest of his life.”

If Therrien is satisfied with Sekac’s play to a point where the 22-year-old will don the CH on opening night, the Canadiens’ bench boss insists that his work with the young phenom has only begun.

“The biggest challenge for Sekac was to adapt to the style of play in North America. He needs to play a style that is North-South instead of East-West. He’s been used to playing on larger ice surfaces. But, he’s progressing nicely. He’s a young player with a lot of character, and his work ethic is exemplary. He always gives his all, and he’s getting better every game,” explained Therrien.

RAW: P.K. Subban

- The Canadiens kick off the season with 10 players aged 25 or younger in the fold, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the ingredients necessary to be a success story in 2014-15. What Michel Therrien’s troops might collectively lack in age, five-year NHL veteran and newly minted assistant captain P.K. Subban believes they certainly make up for in skill and know-how.

“I think we’re a younger team, but I think we also have young veterans that have experience. Obviously, over the past two years we’ve had a lot of success, and we want to continue to build on that. We’re a team that has to play in your face every night, and we have to play the right way. That’s the important thing,” offered Subban, who should suit up alongside Russian rearguard Alexei Emelin on Wednesday night in Toronto. “Since I’ve been here, our team has had success because we’ve played together as a team and we’ve played the right way. That’s the most important thing moving forward.”

That being said, the 2013 Norris Trophy winner is also adamant that the key to the Canadiens’ success will also come down to spreading the responsibility of leadership around. Fortunately, the 25-year-old believes that’s already the case inside the locker room.

“I think there’s a lot of leadership collectively as a team. We have a lot of guys who are ready for the opportunity to step up and take advantage of those leadership roles, and I think we’ve established who our leaders are going to be,” stressed Subban, who led all Canadiens defensemen with 10 goals and 53 points in 82 games in 2013-14. “[Andrei] Markov said it in training camp. We need 22 leaders for this team to be successful, and he’s exactly right.”

- Carey Price will get the start for the Canadiens. He boasts a 13-13-1 record, a 2.73 goals-against average, and a .914 save percentage in 27 games against the Maple Leafs over the course of his NHL career.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.

Lines and D pairings at practice:

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau
Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher
Sekac – Eller – Bourque
Weise – Malhotra – Prust
Moen – Bournival

Subban – Emelin
Markov – Gilbert
Beaulieu – Weaver
Tinordi

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 1:13 PM

- The Canadiens practised for the final time on Tuesday in Brossard before flying to Toronto in the afternoon ahead of Wednesday’s season opener.

- The Habs open the season on the road, playing four games in six nights before returning to Montreal on October 16 to host the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.

- Head coach Michel Therrien announced following practice that rookie forward Jacob De La Rose has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs, finalizing the Habs’ regular season roster at the allowed 23 players.

“We’re very pleased with the camp he had,” added Therrien in regards to the 19-year-old Swede. “I loved the way he carried himself on the ice for a player of his age.”
 

OFFENSIVE LINES AND DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS AT PRACTICE

 
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau

Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gallagher

Sekac – Eller – Bourque

Weise – Malhotra – Prust

Bournival – De La Rose – Moen
 

Emelin – Subban

Markov – Gilbert

Beaulieu – Weaver

Tinordi

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.10.2014 / 1:02 PM

- After enjoying a day off on Sunday following Saturday’s final preseason game, the Habs were back at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday for a morning practice.

- The entire team was on the ice at the Canadiens practice facility, including Lars Eller, who confirmed that he will be ready to suit up for Wednesday’s season opener in Toronto.

- Prior to the start of the morning skate, the team announced the release of defenseman Francis Bouillon. Thanking the organization and its fans during a press conference, the veteran blue liner admitted that he was at ease with the decision and was ready for both outcomes.

- Marc Bergevin also held a morning press conference to discuss his club’s most recent moves, acknowledging that the decisions surrounding Bouillon and goaltender Peter Budaj were difficult to make.
 

OFFENSIVE LINES AND DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS AT PRACTICE


Pacioretty - Desharnais - Parenteau

Galchenyuk - Plekanec - Gallagher

Bourque - Eller - Sekac

Prust - Malhotra - Weise

Bournival - De La Rose - Moen
 

Markov - Subban

Gilbert - Beaulieu

Weaver - Tinordi

Emelin

SEE ALSO
From the room
Canadiens release Francis Bouillon
Canadiens trade Peter Budaj

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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.10.2014 / 11:49 AM

- The Canadiens held an optional morning skate in Brossard on Saturday, ahead of the team’s preseason finale opposite the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.

- Following Friday’s late return to Montreal from Ottawa, 17 players took part in the optional practice, led by coaches Clément Jodoin, Dan Lacroix and Stéphane Waite.

- Carey Price is expected to get his third full start of the preseason against the Senators. The Canadiens’ star netminder has allowed just three goals in two games since the start of training camp.

- The final game of the preseason schedule will also be a final chance for four Habs hopefuls to make their mark on the team’s coaching staff as defensemen Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi, and forwards Jacob De La Rose and Jiri Sekac are all expected to see ice time.

Despite the added pressure surrounding the exhibition contest, the European forwards are nevertheless taking the pending finale in stride.

“I think every practice and every game during this camp has been important,” explained De La Rose. “I’m just trying to show how good I am because that’s all I can do – play the best I can and see how far it takes me.”

His young linemate throughout camp shares a similar mindset.

“It’s really important, just like every game,” insisted Sekac, heading into his fifth preseason contest with the Habs. “I got to rest last night so I’ll be 100% tonight and play my best.

I’m happy that I’m still with the team at this point of training camp. I’ll do whatever it takes to stick with the team for the whole season.”

- Since the beginning of training camp, Manny Malhotra been getting better acquainted with his new teammates, paired in turn over the course of the past two weeks with Brandon Prust, Dale Weise and Travis Moen.

“Regardless of who you’re playing with, you always need to be ready, but between us four, any pairing seems to work,” said Malhotra, who played his previous two games on a line with Moen and Weise. “We play a simple style of hockey with a lot of forechecking. It works for us.”

Even if Malhotra knows that it’s still preseason, he's nevertheless aware of the fact that Saturday’s game will be a good preview of what’s to come on Wednesday in Toronto.

“Even though it’s a bit like a practice, we don’t really have an ON/OFF switch. A good part of our starting lineup will be on the ice tonight. It’s our final test before the season begins and we all want to do our best to show off what we’ve learned during camp in a game situation.”

Goaltenders : Tokarski, Price, and Budaj

Defensemen : Weaver, Beaulieu, Bouillon, Markov, Tinordi, and Dietz

Forwards : Sekac, Prust, Thomas, Moen, Eller, Bournival, De La Rose, and Malhotra.

SEE ALSO:
From the room

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.10.2014 / 10:56 AM

- Canadiens players who are not taking part in the game against Ottawa on Friday night skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.

- Those players suiting up against Ottawa did not skate on Friday morning, as they made their way to Ottawa by bus.

- Michel Therrien confirmed that Peter Budaj will get the start in goal on Friday. Carey Price will get the start on Saturday.

- The players taking part in the first game of the home-and-home series against Ottawa are:

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