- The Canadiens held a morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Thursday, ahead of the team’s second pre-season game of 2014-15 opposite the Colorado Avalanche.
- Despite missing practice due to tests, Greg Pateryn should be in the line-up for the Habs on Thursday night. He’ll likely be paired with Davis Drewiske, while Francis Bouillon, who practised with Drewiske in the morning, would be the man out.
“[It’s going] great. He’s pretty offensive. [...] I think he’s a great skater and great with the puck. He’s learning from a pretty good player who’s teaching him the ropes. That’s what I always found in my first year in the pros, that being around the older guys really helped me out the most,” underlined the veteran defenseman with 602 games of NHL experience under his belt. “[We need to keep] it simple. It’s going to be our first game and the first game is always the toughest to get your legs going and to get into it for three full periods. Just keeping it simple, and for him, to get in on the play at every opportunity and create some offense while being responsible on the defensive side.”
- Rookies Charles Hudon and Nikita Scherbak will both be in the line-up against the Avs. Hudon should center a line flanked by Travis Moen and Michael Bournival, while Scherbak should be reunited with his scrimmage linemates Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.
Playing his second pre-season game with the Canadiens, Hudon intends to continue impressing the Habs brass one game at a time.
“My goal was to play two games. I’ve achieved that, so now I want more and I want to stand out from the crowd,” said the Canadiens 122nd-overall pick from the 2012 NHL Draft. “I’ve been part of the youth movement here. Marc Bergevin said after his first draft that he wanted to make more room for young players. We’ve seen it with Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Michael Bournival. A lot of young guys are making places for themselves and opening the eyes of the coaching staff. Now it’s my turn to prove that I belong here as well.”
Although Hudon admits the competition has been fierce so far, he’s also been getting some help from the club’s veterans.
“When you’re at rookie camp, everyone’s young, so when you get to the main camp and see the pros, you put them on a pedestal. When they come up and approach you first, it helps put you at ease. The veterans have really been there for us,” explained the 20-year-old who has been learning the ropes from face-off specialists Tomas Plekanec and Manny Malhotra. “I’m always trying to learn new things. I’m not totally comfortable yet, but the harder you work, the more comfortable you become.”
- As mentioned by Michel Therrien during his press conference on Wednesday, Carey Price is set to start the first half of Thursday’s game before trading places with Peter Budaj on the Canadiens bench.
Offensive lines and defensive pairings at practice:Moen – Hudon – Bournival
Parenteau – Desharnais – Pacioretty
Gallagher – Galchenyuk - Scherbak
Weise – Malhotra - Prust
Weaver – Beaulieu
Bouillon (Pateryn) – Drewiske
Emelin – Subban
FROM THE ROOM - Mike Weaver
WATCH - Malhotra vs Hudon
Divide and conquer
- After downing the Boston Bruins 3-2 in their preseason opener on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Wednesday morning.
- Players remaining in training camp were divided into two groups, A and B. Group A was composed primarily of veterans that were a part of the roster during the 2013-14 campaign, along with Nikita Scherbak, Jacob De La Rose, Jiri Sekac, Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu. Defenseman Francis Bouillon, who came to training camp as an invitee, is also a member of Group A.
- Group B features another group of players remaining at training camp, including five new invitees – goaltender Frankie Palazzese and forwards Derek Army, Shane Bakker, Jared Gomes and Maxime Macenauer.
- Michael McCarron and Jeremy Gregoire were added to the list of injured players at training camp on Wednesday. The pair join Connor Crisp, Dalton Thrower, Stefan Fournier, Jack Nevins and Lars Eller.
- Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Carey Price will make his first appearance of the preseason on Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche at the Bell Centre. Peter Budaj will also be in the lineup.
Goaltending prospect Zachary Fucale is the first player to be cut by the Canadiens during the team’s main training camp. The 19-year-old Laval native has been reassigned to his junior team, the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.
The Mooseheads play their next game on September 26, at home against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
A season ago with the Mooseheads, Fucale started 50 games, picking up 36 wins while posting a league-best 2.26 GAA.
- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex on Tuesday morning ahead of playing their first preseason game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.
- Head coach Michel Therrien won’t be fielding a lineup full of Habs regulars on Tuesday night, opting instead to give a bevy of youngsters a taste of preseason action. Andrei Markov, Rene Bourque, Tom Gilbert and Tomas Plekanec will provide a veteran presence against Claude Julien’s troops, while fans will have the opportunity to see the likes of Nikita Scherbak, Michael McCarron, Jiri Sekac and Jacob De La Rose strut their stuff once again.
- After going up against one another in four separate intra-squad scrimmages over the last four days, it’s safe to say the Canadiens have been eagerly anticipating a matchup against opponents other than themselves.
“I’m happy to be playing that first game, for sure. There are a lot of things that you need to get used to. Timing’s off and you’re a little bit rusty out there,” offered Plekanec, who will line up alongside Sekac and De La Rose on Tuesday night. “You need to get a game under your belt, and I’m happy to play that first one, especially against Boston. Even if it’s a preseason game, it’s always exciting playing against the Bruins.”
Like Plekanec, Gilbert can’t wait to suit up for real in front of the Bell Centre faithful.
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“It’ll definitely be nice to start getting some of the rust off with these preseason games, especially playing against a team like Boston. We feel the crowd. It’ll be my first time playing in front of them in a real game, so it’s going to be fun,” mentioned the veteran rearguard, who has been paired with Markov on the Canadiens’ back end since the start of training camp. “You see the Canadiens-Bruins rivalry all the time throughout the season, and you know every single time these two teams meet it’s going to be a battle. It’ll be nice to get back in the feel of it with the physical play and the speed of the game. I couldn’t ask for a better team to play.”
- If Plekanec and Gilbert are anxious to get the Canadiens’ preseason schedule underway and continue to hone their respective games, De La Rose is out to prove he’s got the goods to extend his stay in Montreal.
“I’ve been looking forward to this all summer, to finally play a real game. I’m going to play my first game, and I’m really excited about it. I’ll do the best I can. That’s the only thing I can control. I had my ups and downs, but now I feel like I’m going in the right direction,” offered the 19-year-old forward, who was selected 34th overall by the Habs in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. “I’m really excited to be playing with two really good players in Pleky and Sekac. Pleky has been in the league for many years now. He’s a good player. I’m going to try and learn as much as possible from him out there.”
- Dustin Tokarski and Joey MacDonald will likely split the work in goal for the Canadiens against Boston. That should come as little surprise given that the Habs will play four preseason games in the next six days.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.
Canadiens Lineup – Sept. 23 – vs. BOS
Forwards: Tomas Plekanec, Rene Bourque, Jacob De La Rose, Jiri Sekac, Michael McCarron, Nikita Scherbak, Jake Dowell, Sven Andrighetto, Christian Thomas, Charles Hudon, Drayson Bowman, Nick Sorkin
Vincent Riendeau named assistant general manager of the Hamilton Bulldogs
Nikita Scherbak, the Canadiens’ first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, has been traded by his junior club, the Saskatoon Blades, to the Everett Silvertips on Monday in exchange for goaltender Nik Amundrud and a pair of first- and second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
“He is a big, strong guy who can make plays with the puck and has the ability to score goals for us,” said Silvertips GM Garry Davidson in an official team release. “We’re confident that he will make a big impact for our club offensively.”
Scherbak is currently taking part in the Canadiens’ main training camp and will hit the Bell Centre ice for the first time during Monday’s Canadian Tire Red vs White Scrimmage. Last season, the 18-year-old Russian forward racked up 28 goals and 50 assists in 65 games, earning him the team scoring crown with the Blades.
- Players skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday morning before contesting the Canadian Tire Red vs. White scrimmage at 7 p.m. at the Bell Centre.
- Fans will be allowed to enter the Bell Centre beginning at 5:30 p.m. They’ll be entitled to a free meal trio that includes a hot dog, a bag of chips and a soft drink or bottle of water.
- Rosters for the Canadian Tire Red vs. White scrimmage:
Team A – Red
Forwards: Sven Andrighetto, Michael Bournival, Rene Bourque, Jacob De La Rose, David Desharnais, Jake Dowell, Charles Hudon, Michael McCarron, Max Pacioretty, P.A. Parenteau, Nick Sorkin, Christian Thomas
Team B – White
Goaltenders: Peter Budaj, Michael Condon
- Forward lines at practice:
Team A - Red
Sorkin – Dowell – Thomas
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau
Bourque – Hudon – De La Rose
McCarron – Andrighetto – Bournival
Team B - White
Moen – Plekanec – Sekac
Prust – Malhotra – Weise
Gallagher – Galchenyuk – Scherbak
Gregoire – Dumont – Bowman
BROSSARD - The Canadiens contested their third training camp scrimmage in as many days at the Bell Sports Complex on Sunday morning.
Team A (Red) wasted little time getting on the scoresheet as David Desharnais scored less than a minute into the opening period. Rene Bourque put Team A up 2-0 later in the frame on a terrific pass from Jacob De La Rose, before Gabriel Dumont re-directed a Michael Bournival feed past Carey Price to cut the lead to 2-1. Jake Dowell capped the scoring in the first period, beating Peter Budaj to up Team A’s lead to 3-1.
P.-A. Parenteau lit the lamp under 60 seconds into the second period to put Team A up 4-1, before Nick Sorkin beat Dustin Tokarski to make it 5-1. Dumont scored his second goal of the game late in period to make it 5-2, but that’s as close as Team B (White) would get.
Team White: Gabriel Dumont (2)
The Canadiens were back in Brossard on Saturday for an early morning skate followed by the second of three scrimmages scheduled at the Bell Sports Complex during the Habs’ main camp.
Newcomer P.A. Parenteau opened the scoring for Team Red just 36 seconds into the opening frame, burying a pass from linemate David Desharnais behind Dustin Tokarski. Another first-year Hab, Manny Malhotra, then doubled Team Red’s lead on a pretty one-timer from Dale Weise to make it 2-0 after the first half.
Team Red goaltender Zachary Fucale was perfect in his first scrimmage of camp, pushing aside all 10 shots that came his way, while Tokarski for his part stopped seven of nine shots during his time on the ice.
A pair of penalty shots got Team White on the board in the second half, as Michael Bournival and Sven Andrighetto both cashed in their breakaway chances on Carey Price, who blocked five of seven shots on the morning. But strong play from the Max Pacioretty line was the difference on Saturday, with Parenteau and Desharnais beating Budaj twice in the final 25 minutes to give Team Red the 4-2 win.
The Canadiens’ final scrimmage in Brossard is set for Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. EST and will also be streamed live at canadiens.com.
The Canadiens hit the ice at the Bell Sports Complex on Friday morning. Players were divided into three separate groups – Team A, B and C.
Team A (Red) and Team B (White) went head-to-head in a scrimmage in front of hundreds of fans in Brossard.
Those in attendance certainly got their money’s worth, even if admission was free. Four goals were scored in the first period. Invitee Drayson Bowman opened the scoring for Team White, before Max Pacioretty tied things up with a goal on Peter Budaj seconds later. Then, Tomas Plekanec lit the lamp for Team White, before Francis Bouillon got on the scoresheet for Team Red. The two teams headed to the dressing room with the score tied 2-2.
Both teams got off to a quick start in the second period when Gabriel Dumont put Team B up 3-2 with a tally on Joey MacDonald. For his part, Dustin Tokarski stood tall in goal for Team B, turning aside multiple scoring opportunities, including a penalty shot attempt from Christian Thomas. Lars Eller got the best of Tokarski later in the period, however, beating the young netminder with a powerful shot from the slot to cap the scoring as the tilt ended 3-3.
The next scrimmage will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. EST. It will be streamed live on canadiens.com.
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