- 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.
Here is the complete broadcast schedule for the second episode of the third season of 24CH.
Saturday, October 18, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
RebroadcastSaturday, October 18, 12:00 a.m. - Canal D
Sunday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. - Canal D
Sunday, October 19, 12:30 p.m. - RDS
Monday, October 20, 6:00 p.m. - RDS2
Tuesday, October 21, 3:30 p.m. - RDS
Wednesday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. - RDS
Friday, October 24, 3:00 p.m. - RDS2
Friday, October 24, 11:30 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 picking up their fourth win in five games on Thursday night, the Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Friday. Michel Therrien’s troops will be back in action on Saturday night when they play host to the Colorado Avalanche at the Bell Centre.
- For their part, the Avalanche also practiced in Brossard on Friday. Patrick Roy’s contingent is coming off a 5-3 loss in Ottawa on Thursday night.
- Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Carey Price will get the start against the Avalanche on Saturday night. Price holds a 1-2-1 record, a 3.47 goals-against average and a .872 save percentage in four career outings against Colorado.
- The Canadiens’ bench boss also weighed in on Milan Lucic’s offensive gestures in the latter stages of the tilt against the Bruins on Thursday night. The Bruins forward was fined $5,000 for his actions by the league.
“Honestly, I didn’t see the gesture. I heard people talking about it this morning. The league dealt with it. I think they did the right thing,” offered Therrien. “As members of a professional team, athletes need to respect the fans and respect the game. That’s important for us. Respect and staying humble. It’s never happened with one of our players, and I don’t see it ever happening.”
Lines and D pairings at practice:
Emelin – Subban
Gilbert – Beaulieu
Markov (Therapy Day)
On October 16th, join us to celebrate the launch of the new season of 24CH and the Habs' home opener before the game on Avenue des Canadiens.
- Attend the Blue Carpet hosted by Maripier Morin
- Meet Canadiens' alumni and Youppi!
- Attend the RDS pre-game live show
List of invitees: Aaron Rand, Alexandre Bilodeau and Sabrina Gauthier, Charles Lafortune, Chris Nilan, Claude Legault, Claude Meunier and Virginie Coosa, Danny Smiles, David MacMillan, Denis Coderre, Derrick Frenette, Emilie Bibeau, Éric Bruneau, François Morency, François Pérusse, Geoff Molson, Gilbert Delorme, Gino Chouinard, Guy Carbonneau, Guy Lafleur, Guylaine Tremblay, Heather Backman, Hélène Florent and Danny Gilmoure, Isabel Richer, Isabelle Racicot, Jared Keeso and Adrian Holmes, Jerome Charlebois, Joel Legendre, Korine Côté, Laurence Leboeuf, Louis Morissette, Marc Bergevin, Mario Tessier, Mark Bergman, Martin Lemay, Martin Petit, Martin Matte, Mathieu Dandenault, Maxim Roy, Natasha Gargiulio, Patrice Bernier, Pierre Bouchard, Réjean Houle, Remy Girard, Richard Turcotte, Sebastien Benoit, Sébastien Delorme, Stefano Faita, Sylvain Larocque, Tony Marinaro, Yvan Cournoyer, Youppi!
Arrive early, celebrations start at 5 p.m.!
A live stream of the event will be available on canadiens.com.
- The Canadiens held a morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Thursday ahead of contesting their home opener against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre. All players were present and accounted for.
- Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Alexei Emelin will be back in the lineup on Thursday night after missing the Canadiens’ last two games in Philadelphia and Tampa Bay with an upper-body injury. Emelin will suit up in place of Nathan Beaulieu against Boston.
- Therrien, however, did not confirm any additional details regarding the lineup he would be featuring against the Bruins.
- The Canadiens are well aware of the brand of hockey the Bruins will likely showcase on Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Claude Julien’s troops are known for showing no fear no matter the opposition, and for trying to mix things up at every opportunity. That suits the Habs just fine. Heading into the home opener, the consensus inside the locker room is that games like these bring out the best in everyone.
“There’s a level of excitement. Guys are really looking forward to this game. It’s always fun when you get to play the Boston Bruins, whether it’s your first time or you’ve been in the league for 10 years,” offered Brendan Gallagher, who will play in his second home opener on Thursday night. “That excitement is still there and certainly guys get up for a game like this.”
So, the question now is what will it take for the Canadiens to come out on the right side of this long-standing rivalry when the two clubs clash in front of the Bell Centre faithful?
“I think we’ve had success as a team when we’ve focused on what we can control. That’s how we play. Not so much worrying about the other team’s personnel and who they have out there, but making sure everybody does their job and is holding each other accountable. That’s our focus going into this game. We know it’s going to be an emotional game. We understand the rivalry,” stressed P.K. Subban, who boasts four goals and 12 points in 20 career games against Boston. “They’re a team that has a lot of experience, and we know that they have a lot of power up front in terms of their big forwards and how they cycle the puck. We’ve got to be competitive from the first shift to the last. If we do that, we’re going to be successful.”
|Lars Eller's father, Olaf, is in town to watch his son take on the Bruins at the Bell Centre.|
- For players like Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Tom Gilbert, Manny Malhotra and Jiri Sekac, all of whom got a taste of what Montreal had to offer during the preseason, the tilt against the Bruins marks their first opportunity to contest a game that counts in the standings in front of their home crowd.
“It’s really special. I’m really looking forward to playing my first game here. I played exhibition games, but it’s not the same thing. I can’t wait to feel the crowd behind us. The guys talked to me a little bit about what it’s like when you play for the Canadiens, and I’m excited for it to start,” offered Parenteau, who should line up alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec in the first of four games between the two teams during the 2014-15 regular-season campaign. “It’s the biggest rivalry in the league. I’ve heard about it. I’ve seen it on TV, but I’ve never played with the Canadiens against them. Based on the way the postseason played out last year, I’m expecting a really intense game.”
- Carey Price could make his fourth start of the season for the Canadiens on Thursday night. He boasts a 17-8-3 record, a 2.50 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 29 previous starts against the Bruins. For their part, the Bruins could go with Niklas Svedberg in goal as Tuukka Rask was between the pipes for Wednesday night’s tilt in Detroit.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. Before the game, the Bell blue carpet event will take place in front of the Bell Centre on Avenue des Canadiens de Montréal beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST. Nearly 50 local celebrities will be in attendance to highlight the Canadiens’ home opener against the Bruins.
Lines and D pairings at the morning skate:
Parenteau – Plekanec – Galchenyuk
Sekac – Eller – Bourque
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Prust – Malhotra – Moen – Weise
Gilbert – Markov
Subban – Emelin
Tinordi – Weaver
- After 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 for their home opener on Thursday night when they play host to the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.
- All players were present at practice, including defenseman Alexei Emelin who missed Monday night’s tilt in Tampa Bay due to an upper-body injury.
- Before practice was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EST, the Canadiens’ power play and penalty killing units worked on special teams play on Brossard’s secondary ice rink with coaches Dan Lacroix and Clement Jodoin.
- After being sidelined since late September with a shoulder injury, Canadiens prospect Michael McCarron will return to action on Wednesday night when his London Knights go up against the Erie Otters. McCarron was injured in a preseason tilt against the Boston Bruins. Last season, McCarron put up 14 goals, 34 points and 120 penalty minutes in 66 games.
- The Canadiens sent forward Michael Bournival down to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday after practice. He will report to Hamilton immediately, and could suit up for games against Toronto (Oct. 17) and Rockford (Oct. 18) this week. Therrien, confirmed, however, that Bournival would return to Montreal next Monday.
Forward lines and D pairings at practice:
Subban – Emelin
Tinordi – Weaver
Markov – Gilbert
- After a day off on Sunday, the Canadiens held a morning skate on Monday at Amalie Arena ahead of their tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It will be the first of five meetings between the two teams during the 2014-15 campaign. The game marks the end of the Canadiens’ season-opening four-game road trip.
- After missing Saturday night’s game in Philadelphia due to an upper-body injury, defenseman Alexei Emelin participated in the morning skate. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed, however, that the Russian rearguard would not return to action against the Lightning.
- Michel Therrien also confirmed that there would be no lineup changes on Monday night. As such, the forward lines that were featured in the latter stages of the game in Philadelphia last Saturday night could remain intact against the Lightning.
- The Canadiens might have rattled off three straight wins to start the year, but they know full well that they haven’t played their best hockey as of yet. Case in point is the fact that Michel Therrien’s troops have been forced to stage comebacks in each of those early-season victories. The Habs didn’t get off to impressive starts in Toronto, Washington or Philadelphia, and the consensus inside the locker room is that it’s time for that to change.
“I think we’re satisfied with about three periods through that stretch here. We’ve got to be better. We’ve got to have a better start. It shows the character of the team with those comebacks, but we can’t rely on our goalies only for the first-half of the game. All around, we’ve just got to be better,” stressed defenseman Mike Weaver, who sits tied with P.K. Subban for the team lead in hits with nine through three games. “I expect them to play hard and come at us. Obviously, they’ve got some skilled guys. They’ve got some elite guys over there. Having run into them in the playoffs last year, it’s probably going to be a hard game.”
Like Weaver, Max Pacioretty stressed the need for the Canadiens to come out firing on all cylinders against Jon Cooper’s contingent.
“After an emotional game like the one in Phildelphia, there’s an opportunity for a letdown, so I think we’ve got to do a good job of getting on each other and making sure that we find that emotion early in the first period. That’s going to be the most important part for our team, worrying about ourselves,” offered Pacioretty, who has one goal on the year. “The resiliency we’ve shown has been great, but you know that as the season goes on and you play teams with more success, you can’t give up periods like we have. We’d like to play a good strong game for sixty minutes.”
- Tomas Plekanec was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week on Monday. The Czech forward sits tied for the league lead with four goals through the Canadiens’ first three games of the season.
“It might be an individual kind of thing, but I don’t think they would have ever called on a player from Montreal if we’d lost two out of those three games,” offered Plekanec, who also sits tied for second in the NHL with five points on the year. “I have good teammates, good linemates, and we won the games. It’s a nice recognition for Montreal, and we need to just keep it up and keep winning games.”
- Carey Price will make his third start of the season for the Canadiens. Ben Bishop will get the start in goal for Tampa Bay. Price boasts a 10-7-4 record in 21 outings against the Lightning, in addition to a 2.32 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.
Forward lines featured at the morning skate: