POSTED ON Friday, 10.9.2015 / 12:33 PM ET

BROSSARD – The Canadiens returned to the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard for practice Friday morning before departing for Boston where they will face the Bruins Saturday night.

All players were accounted for on the ice, including newcomer Paul Byron, claimed off waivers from the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

After practice, Michel Therrien confirmed that Paul Byron would make his Canadiens debut during the team’s next road trip, stating that he has not decided when number 41 will play his first game.

The coach also announced that rookie Mike Condon will make his first career start in the NHL against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Lines and D pairings at Tuesday's practice:

Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher

Lars EllerAlex GalchenyukAlexander Semin

Tomas FleischmannDavid DesharnaisDale Weise

Brian FlynnTorrey MitchellDevante Smith-Pelly

Andrei MarkovP.K. Subban

Alexei EmelinJeff Petry

Nathan BeaulieuTom Gilbert

Jarred TinordiGreg Pateryn

Carey Price

Mike Condon

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.7.2015 / 1:24 PM ET

- The Canadiens skated at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Wednesday morning in preparation for their regular-season opener against the Maple Leafs.

- Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. It will mark the 427th start of Price’s career. He boasts a 17-13-1 record, a 2.59 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 31 career starts against Toronto.

- Just one day after being claimed off waivers by the Canadiens, centerman Paul Byron took part in Wednesday’s morning skate. The 26-year-old Ottawa native rotated with Brian Flynn on a line with Torrey Mitchell and Devante Smith-Pelly. Following practice, however, Byron confirmed that he would not be suiting up against the Leafs, mentioning that he still had to familiarize himself with the Canadiens’ systems.

“My friends and family are really excited to come support me and watch me play. I couldn’t be happier to be here right now,” offered Byron, who put up six goals and 19 points in 57 games with the Calgary Flames last season. “I definitely had a tough end to the year last year with a couple of injuries. But, everything has healed up and I feel ready to turn the page, move on and start a new chapter in my life. I’m really excited about this year. I feel like I took big steps last year in my game, and I know I can get better. I know I can bring a lot to this team.”

- The Maple Leafs enter the 2015-16 campaign with high hopes and new faces both on the ice and off it, too. Needless to say, the Canadiens are going up against a team that is very different than the one they battled a year ago on opening night when they earned a 4-3 victory at the ACC.

“There are nine new players with the Maple Leafs, new coaches and a new administration. I expect them to have better structure and offer up stiffer competition. I’ve experienced something similar before with the Penguins and the Canadiens. When you join a new team, you want to bring a certain structure and a certain measure of discipline,” mentioned head coach Michel Therrien, referencing, among other things, the arrival of Mike Babcock behind the Maple Leafs’ bench. “You want to make the playoffs. There’s a lot of parity in the NHL and the Maple Leafs are a part of a group of teams that I think will be in the running for a playoff spot.”

Therrien’s troops shared similar thoughts ahead of Wednesday night’s contest.

“In the NHL, if you ever approach any game like you’re facing a rebuild team or anything like that, it’s not the best approach. This team is going to come out and work really, really hard,” offered defenseman P.K. Subban, who will begin his seventh NHL season on Wednesday night. "They’ve got a good coach. If we know anything about the Leafs, whenever we play them, it’s always a lot of intensity and high emotion. As far as I’m concerned, we’re prepared to play a good team tonight, a team that’s going to come out and compete for 60 minutes. If we’re not prepared to do that, we’re only hurting ourselves.”

- With the start of the 2015-16 campaign just hours away, several players discussed the expectations they have for the Canadiens as a group this time around.

“We really believe in ourselves. The sky’s definitely the limit for us. We come in here and we have one goal in mind,” shared Alex Glachenyuk, who will be plying his trade at center on Wednesday night, flanked by both Alexander Semin and Lars Eller on the wing. “But, it’s just the first game. We’ve got to take it one game at a time. It’s a long season. We’ve got to stay confident in ourselves and work hard.”

- Max Pacioretty will play his first official game as team captain on Wednesday night in Toronto. It will also mark the 400th game of his NHL career.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on TVA Sports and Rogers Sportsnet.

Lines and D pairings at the morning skate:

Gallagher – Plekanec – Pacioretty
Eller – Galchenyuk – Semin
Weise – Desharnais – Fleischmann
Flynn/Byron – Mitchell – Smith-Pelly

Petry – Emelin
Subban – Markov
Beaulieu – Gilbert
Tinordi – Pateryn

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.6.2015 / 1:09 PM ET

BROSSARD –  The Canadiens practiced in Brossard Tuesday morning in preparation of Wednesday night’s season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto.

Practice featured a set of 6-on-5 drills to help ready the Canadiens for potential end of game scenarios when the goaltender is pulled in favor of an extra attacker in an attempt to tie the game.

On-ice training Tuesday morning ended with some excitement as the Canadiens practiced 3-on-3 hockey for the final 15 minutes.

After the noon waiver deadline passed, the Canadiens announced that they have claimed forward Paul Byron off waivers from the Calgary Flames. In 57 games played with the Flames last season, the fourth year veteran picked up six goals and 13 assists for a total of 19 points.

Following practice the team announced that forward Jacob de la Rose has been sent down to St. John’s of the AHL. In addition, both Mark Barberio and Dustin Tokarski cleared waivers and will report to St. John’s as well.

Lines and D pairings at Tuesday's practice:

Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher

Lars EllerAlex GalchenyukAlexander Semin

Tomas FleischmannDavid DesharnaisDale Weise

Brian FlynnJacob De La RoseTorrey MitchellDevante Smith-Pelly

Andrei MarkovP.K. Subban

Alexei EmelinJeff Petry

Nathan BeaulieuTom Gilbert

Jarred TinordiGreg Pateryn

Carey Price

Mike Condon

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.5.2015 / 12:00 PM ET

BROSSARD - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday that four players have been reassigned to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Forwards Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto will report directly to St. John's. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski and defenseman Mark Barberio will have to clear NHL waivers first.

Marc Bergevin also mentioned that Zack Kassian suffered a broken nose and broken left foot in a car accident on Sunday. The team is waiting for further details and doesn't have a timeline for his return.

Lines and D pairings at Monday's practice:

Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher
Lars Eller
Alex GalchenyukAlexander Semin
Tomas Fleischmann
David DesharnaisDale Weise
Brian Flynn
Jacob De La RoseTorrey MitchellDevante Smith-Pelly

Andrei MarkovP.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin
Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu
Tom Gilbert
Jarred Tinordi
Greg Pateryn

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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.3.2015 / 10:30 AM ET

OTTAWA – The Canadians travelled to Ottawa to face the Senators in the last preseason game before the start of the regular season.

- Michel Therrien gave players suiting up for Saturday evening’s meeting with the Senators the morning off from practice

- The list of players who will face the Senators Saturday night include:
Forwards: Zack Kassian, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec, Tomas Fleischmann, Torrey Mitchell, Devante Smith-Pelly, Dale Weise, Jacob de la Rose, Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller
Defensemen: Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi, Jeff Petry, Nathan Beaulieu, Alexei Emelin, Tom Gilbert
Goalkeepers: Dustin Tokarski (starting goaltender), Mike Condon

- The meeting will be broadcast on RDS and TSN5.

- canadiens.com

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.2.2015 / 1:06 PM ET

- After dropping a 5-2 decision to the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre on Thursday night, 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 battle the Senators in Ottawa to wrap up their preseason schedule.

- Forward Alexander Semin was the only player who didn’t skate on Friday. He was given a therapy day. The 27 other players remaining at camp, however, were all present and accounted for.

- Noah Juulsen, the Canadiens’ first-round pick at the NHL Draft this past summer in South Florida, was sent down to his Junior squad – the WHL’s Everett Silvertips – following Thursday night’s game against Ottawa. Juulsen registered two shots on goal and added three hits while logging 13:35 of ice time.

- Dustin Tokarski will get the start in goal against the Senators on Saturday night.

Forward lines and D pairings at practice:

Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher
Lars Eller
Alex GalchenyukZack Kassian
Tomas Fleischmann – David DesharnaisDale Weise
Brian Flynn
Torrey MitchellDevante Smith-Pelly
Jacob De la Rose
Charles HudonSven Andrighetto

Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin – Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu – Tom Gilbert
Jarred Tinordi – Greg Pateryn
Mark Barberio

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.1.2015 / 2:59 PM ET

- The Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Thursday, in preparation for the team’s sixth preseason game of the year. Just two games remain on the Habs’ exhibition schedule with a home-and-away series against Ottawa on tap before the regular season opens on October 7.

- Thursday marks the much awaited return of captain Max Pacioretty to the lineup. With a healthy arsenal at his disposal, coach Michel Therrien will ice a lineup that will feature last season’s top threesome of Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher in addition to the trio of Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Semin.

“[Max] is the leader of our group. He does a lot for us, so it will be nice to see him in the lineup. When we all heard he got hurt, I think we were all disappointed but we knew he would be back quickly,” explained Gallagher, who has been impressed with his captain’s hard work and determination to recover from a knee injury suffered during the offseason. “He’s been in the gym, he’s been in the trainer’s room, he’s the first one at the rink and the last one to leave. He’s been working as hard as he can to get back. Hopefully it goes well.”

- Unlike most of the Habs regulars, Pacioretty will only have two preseason games at his disposal to prepare for the season opener against Toronto on October 7.

“It will be nice to have a couple games here. I don’t think it will take long since we’ve played together a lot over the last couple of years,” noted Gallagher, who for his part thinks two games is enough time to get the line back in sync. “We had success playing a certain way and we can’t change that, we just have to get back to what we did last year to be successful.”

- Rookies hitting the ice against the Sens still vying for roster spots include forwards Sven Andrighetto, Charles Hudon and defenseman Noah Juulsen. The Everett Silvertips’ blue-liner recently began practicing with his Habs teammates for the first time since the beginning of rookie camp and is set to make his Canadiens debut tonight against the Senators.

“It’s a great feeling, just coming back here. It’s a great organization and they’ve been treating me well. I have a chance to play a game tonight and I can’t wait for it,” commented Juulsen, who was previously sidelined with a concussion and is excited to get his first taste of professional hockey on Thursday night. “It’s not the ideal scenario but I just have to go out to play my game. It’s pretty special. It’s every little kid’s dream to play an NHL game,” expressed the Canadiens 2015 first round pick.

- Reigning league MVP Carey Price is expected to see his final preseason action on Thursday before the he kicks things off for real against the Leafs. Dustin Tokarski, who will serve as Price’s backup on Thursday night, is likely to be between the pipes for the Canadiens’ final preseason game on Saturday night in Ottawa

- In the visitors’ camp, a familiar foe prepares to face the Canadiens, as Andrew Hammond is expected to get the start between the pipes for the Senators.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS.

- Probable pairings and lines for Thursday’s game:

Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gallagher

Eller-Galchenyuk-Semin

Flynn-Mitchell-Kassian

Andrighetto-Hudon-Smith-Pelly


Markov-Subban

Beaulieu-Gilbert

Emelin-Juulsen

- canadiens.com

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Perfect timing

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 1:38 PM ET

- After enjoying a day off on Tuesday, the Canadiens were back at practice on Wednesday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Michel Therrien’s troops will be back in action on Thursday night when they play host to the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. It will mark their sixth preseason game of the year.

- Therrien confirmed that Max Pacioretty will make his preseason debut on Thursday night. He will play on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher. Pacioretty spent much of the summer and the entire preseason so far recovering from a knee injury sustained while training during the offseason.

- Therrien also confirmed that defenseman Noah Juulsen will make his first preseason start on Thursday night. Juulsen, who was the Canadiens’ first-round pick back in late June, has been recovering from a concussion in recent weeks.

- The Canadiens’ bench boss also indicated that Carey Price will get the start in goal on Thursday night, while Dustin Tokarski will be between the pipes for the preseason finale on Saturday night in Ottawa.

Lines and D pairings at practice:

Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecBrendan Gallagher
Lars Eller
Alex GalchenyukAlexander Semin
Tomas Fleischmann – David DesharnaisDale Weise
Brian Flynn
Torrey MitchellZack Kassian
Jacob De La Rose
Sven AndrighettoCharles HudonDevante Smith-Pelly

Andrei MarkovP.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin
Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu
Tom Gilbert
Jarred Tinordi
Greg Pateryn
Mark Barberio
Noah Juulsen

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POSTED ON Monday, 09.28.2015 / 12:58 PM ET

- The Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday morning before hitting the road for Quebec City where they’ll battle the Pittsburgh Penguins in preseason action at the Videotron Centre. It will mark the Habs’ fifth preseason game of the year.

- The Canadiens will be featuring a lineup befitting the opening of the brand new building. Those players hitting the ice in La Vieille Capitale still vying for roster spots include forward Charles Hudon, defenseman Mark Barberio and goaltender Mike Condon, who will likely serve as Carey Price’s back-up for Monday night’s tilt.

- Nikita Scherbak, who has been sidelined for the last week with a lower-body injury, will also be in uniform on Monday night. It will mark the 19-year-old’s 2015-16 preseason debut. He should play on a line with Brian Flynn and Charles Hudon.

“I’m really happy that I’m able to play my first game with the guys against the Penguins tonight,” offered Scherbak, who is happy to be playing alongside Hudon. “He’s a good player. We played together last year in a preseason game against the Bruins. I liked playing with him and we’re going to have fun tonight.”

- For his part, Max Pacioretty skated on a line with Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais even though he won’t suit up against Pittsburgh.

- Given that Therrien elected to make the trip to Quebec City with one extra forward and one extra defenseman, the Canadiens rotated several players through line drills on Monday morning. It’s likely, though, that the Semin-Galchenyuk-Eller and Fleischmann-Desharnais-Weise trios will remain intact. Fans will also have the opportunity to see the defensive pairing of Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban in action.

- Speaking of Subban, the former Norris Trophy winner is eager to hit the ice at the Videotron Centre for what he believes will be a memorable experience for all involved.

“I’m always excited to play in Quebec. Sometimes, I wish all 82 games were played here in Montreal. It would be great to have that hometown crowd, and we’re going to have that again tonight, I think. The guys are excited. It’s still preseason, but we are getting closer to the regular season so every game now gets a little bit more exciting for sure. We all know about the history of the NHL and the Nordiques in Quebec City. Whenever the Canadiens come to town, it seems that everybody gets excited,” explained Subban, who is looking forward to checking out the new building on Monday night. “Whenever you can play these games that have more attention around them, you always look forward to them. It’s going to be a special crowd and a special atmosphere. It always is.”

- The Penguins will be bringing a mix of veterans and young guns to Quebec City. NHL regulars in the Mike Johnston’s lineup include Marc-Andre Fleury, Rob Scuderi, Beau Bennett, Pascal Dupuis, Nick Bonino, Sergei Gonchar, David Perron and Kris Letang.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS.

- canadiens.com

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POSTED ON Sunday, 09.27.2015 / 2:39 PM ET

- After posting a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at the Air Canada Center, Michel Therrien’s troops practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Sunday afternoon. They’ll travel to Quebec City to battle the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night at the Videotron Centre. It will mark the Canadiens’ fifth preseason game of the year.

Here’s a look at the Canadiens’ lineup for the tilt in Quebec City:

Forwards: Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell, Charles Hudon, Nikita Scherbak, Tomas Fleischmann, David Desharnais, Dale Weise, Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Semin, Jacob De La Rose, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher

Defensemen: Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban, Alexei Emelin, Jeff Petry, Nathan Beaulieu, Mark Barberio, Tom Gilbert

Goaltenders: Carey Price, Mike Condon

- All players were present and accounted for at practice, expect for Dale Weise, David Desharnais and Tomas Fleischmann. All three were given the day off and took part in off-ice workouts.

- Prior to the start of practice, the Canadiens announced that nine players had been reassigned to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League, including Michael McCarron, Jeremy Grégoire, Darren Dietz, Joel Hanley, Daniel Carr, Bud Holloway, Christian Thomas, Gabriel Dumont and Morgan Ellis. For their part, Holloway, Thomas, Dumont and Ellis must clear NHL waivers.

- There are still 31 players at camp (18 forwards, 10 defensemen, 3 goaltenders), including four injured players: Max Pacioretty, Nikita Scherbak, Noah Juulsen and Michaël Bournival. Pacioretty, Scherbak and Juulsen practiced with the rest of the group on Sunday.

- In his post-practice press conference, Therrien indicated that Juulsen has been cleared for contact and will likely play a preseason game this week prior to returning to his Junior club in Everett.

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