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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 11:15 AM

- Only five players skated at Rexall Place on Thursday morning, including Carey Price, Peter Budaj, Michael Bournival, Ryan White and Nathan Beaulieu.

- Peter Budaj will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. It will be the veteran netminder's first start of the year. In 24 career starts against the Oilers, Budaj has a 14-6-0-3 record and a 2.92 goals-against average. His 14 wins over Edmonton represent the most victories he has recorded against any NHL team.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 08.10.2013 / 2:57 PM

- Max Pacioretty was on the ice with his teammates on Tuesday afternoon, taking reps on his regular spot alongside David Desharnais and Daniel Briere.

- Captain Brian Gionta did not make the trip with the team for family reasons and will join his teammates in Calgary on Tuesday night ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Flames.

- Rene Bourque will suit up for his 500th career NHL game against his former team on Wednesday night at the Saddledome.

- The Canadiens will not skate on Wednesday morning prior to the game against Calgary.

- Michel Therrien confirmed Carey Price will get his third start of the season on Wednesday night.

Lines and D pairings at practice

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Briere
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Bournival-Plekanec-Bourque
Moen-White-Prust

Gorges-Subban
Markov-Diaz
Bouillon-Tinordi

Price
Budaj
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POSTED ON Monday, 07.10.2013 / 10:17 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Monday morning ahead of their afternoon departure on a four-game road trip to Western Canada. The Habs open their trip with a game in Calgary on Wednesday night before traveling to Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

- Max Pacioretty took part in practice alongside his teammates, but sported a blue “no contact” jersey. Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that he will accompany the team on the road trip, and will be re-evaluated at practice on Tuesday.

- Therrien also confirmed that Peter Budaj will make his first start of the season at some point during the road trip.

- Lars Eller was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week after registering three goals and five points through the first two games of the 2013-14 campaign. Alex Ovechkin garnered first star honors, while Marc-Andre Fleury was named the third star.

Lines and pairings at practice:
Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Prust – Desharnais – Briere
Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
Moen – Bournival – White
Pacioretty

Markov – Diaz
Gorges – Subban
Tinordi – Bouillon

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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.10.2013 / 11:22 AM

- The Canadiens held an optional skate in Brossard on Saturday morning ahead of their tilt against the Flyers at the Bell Centre.

- All players were present at practice, except for defenseman Josh Gorges. The veteran rearguard will, however, take part in the game against Philadelphia.

- Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu also skated on Saturday morning after being recalled from Hamilton on Friday evening.

- Michel Therrien confirmed that Ryan White and Michael Bournival will both take part in the game against Philadelphia. Max Pacioretty, however, will not play due to injury.

- Carey Price will make his second consecutive start in goal for the Canadiens.

- A reminder that the first episode of 24CH will air on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. on Canal D. It will then be shown at 10:30 p.m. on RDS following the Canadiens-Flyers game.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.10.2013 / 11:02 AM

- After taking part in a practice in Lac-Mégantic on Thursday afternoon, the Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex on Friday morning in preparation for their Saturday night matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers in Montreal.

- After missing Thursday’s practice session, Brandon Prust and Max Pacioretty were back on the ice alongside their teammates on Friday morning.

- Michael Bournival and Ryan White took turns at center on the fourth line between Prust and Travis Moen. Head coach Michel Therrien indicated that he will determine whether Bournival or White gets the call against the Flyers on Saturday morning.

- Therrien also indicated that he met with George Parros for the first time since the forward was injured on Tuesday night. The Habs bench boss indicated that Parros is doing well, but is still suffering from headaches.

Lines and pairings at practice:
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Briere
Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Prust-White-Bournival-Moen

Diaz-Markov
Gorges-Subban
Tinordi-Bouillon

- Following practice, the Canadiens debuted the first episode of Season 2 of 24CH for journalists inside the dressing room in Brossard. The first episode will air on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. on Canal D, and at 10:30 p.m. on RDS following the Canadiens-Flyers game.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.10.2013 / 2:29 PM

- The Canadiens took a field trip to Lac Megantic on Thursday afternoon for a special practice at the local rink.

- Brandon Prust did not make the trip to Lac Megantic due to family reasons. Max Pacioretty took a therapy day on Thursday and was also not on the ice for practice.

Lines and D pairings at practice:

White-Bournival-Moen
Gionta-Plekanec-Bourque
Brière-Desharnais-White
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher

Subban-Gorges
Diaz-Markov
Bouillon-Tinordi













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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.10.2013 / 10:36 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Tuesday morning ahead of the much-anticipated season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

- Absent were Douglas Murray, Davis Drewiske and Alexei Emelin.

- Due to Murray’s injury, Nathan Beaulieu was called up from Hamilton and joined his teammates for practice.

- The team’s forwards worked on some battle drills in front of the net, in preparation for the game tonight.

- Ryan White, Michael Bournival and Nathan Beaulieu stayed on the ice after practice. They will likely be the healthy scratches on Tuesday night.

Lines at practice:

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere
Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Galchenyuk – Eller - Gallagher
Moen – Prust - Parros
Bournival – White

Gorges – Subban
Bouillon – Tinordi
Markov - Diaz
Beaulieu

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.10.2013 / 10:21 AM

- To highlight the Canadiens’ season-opener, Bell is presenting the Opening Night event taking place outside the Bell Centre beginning at 4 p.m. The event will feature appearances by former Habs and stars, a blue carpet entrance and much more.

- An event will also be staged at the Place des Festivals to highlight the start of the regular season. The 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off will feature the music of Kings of Leon, Loco Locass and The Beaches. The festivities will get underway at 3 p.m. and finish at 7 p.m. with the presentation of the tilt between the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs.

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POSTED ON Monday, 30.09.2013 / 11:47 AM

- The Canadiens skated in Brossard on Monday morning, the last full day of practice before the season opening match against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

- Absent were Douglas Murray, Davis Drewiske and Alexei Emelin. Drewiske and Emelin are rehabbing their respective injuries, while Murray has suffered an upper-body injury during practice on Sunday and will be out for four to six week.

- The players spent a great deal of time perfecting the powerplay, with five-on-four and five-on-three puck movement drills occurring at both ends of the rink.

Lines at practice:

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere
Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Galchenyuk – Eller - Gallagher
Moen – Prust - Parros
Bournival – White

Markov - Diaz
Gorges – Subban
Bouillon – Tinordi

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POSTED ON Sunday, 29.09.2013 / 11:09 AM

- The Canadiens held a practice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard once again on Sunday morning. All of the players were present, expect for Alexei Emelin and Davis Drewiske.

- The majority of the on-ice session was spent practicing special teams, with the Habs spending time working on both the power play and the penalty kill.

Lines and pairings at practice:

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Briere
Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Galchenyuk – Eller - Gallagher
Moen – Prust - Parros
White - Bournival

Markov - Diaz
Bouillon – Tinordi
Gorges – Subban
Murray

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