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POSTED ON Saturday, 25.10.2014 / 1:12 PM
Photo: Vincent Levesque Rousseau - Phoenix de Sherbrooke

Canadiens prospect Daniel Audette registers six points in a 6-5 win

Canadiens prospect Daniel Audette continued his strong start to his junior season on Friday, registering a point on each of his team's goals as the Sherbrooke Phoenix beat the Moncton Wildcats by a score of 6-5.

Selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Audette scored twice and added four assists for Sherbrooke, in addition to netting the game-winner with just 16 seconds left on the clock.

The son of former Hab Donald Audette now has 24 points (10-14-24) in just 14 games played so far, placing him seventh overall among QMJHL scorers.

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POSTED ON Friday, 24.10.2014 / 4:22 PM

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

Canal D

Satuday, October 25 - 5:00 p.m.

RDS

Satuday, October 25 - 6:30 p.m.

RDS 2

Monday, October 27 - 6:00 p.m.

CTV MONTREAL

Saturday, November 1st - 4 p.m.

Rebroadcast

Sunday, October 26 - 12:00 a.m. - Canal D
Sunday, October 26 - 9:00 a.m. - Canal D
Sunday, October 26 - 12:30 p.m. - RDS
Tuesday, October 28 - 7:00 p.m. - RDS
Wednesday, October 29 - 8:30 a.m. - RDS
Thursday, October 30 - 3:30 p.m. - RDS
Friday, October 31 - 12:30 a.m. - RDS
Friday, October 31 - 11:30 p.m. - RDS 2

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.

Check out the complete broadcast schedule of 24CH HERE.

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POSTED ON Friday, 24.10.2014 / 1:22 PM

- The Canadiens held a second-consecutive practice on Friday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, ahead of Saturday’s home game against the New York Rangers.

- The team hit the ice 25 minutes before practice was officially scheduled to start, to work on special teams with coaches Dan Lacroix, Jean-Jacques Daigneault and Clement Jodoin.

-Head coach Michel Therrien’s lineup looked largely unchanged on Friday, aside from Dale Weise and Jiri Sekac sharing time on the Lars EllerRene Bourque line. One of the two wingers is expected to be a healthy scratch on Saturday against the Rangers, and although Therrien did not confirm his lines for the weekend, he did hint that he’s been satisfied with Weise’s play.

- Saturday’s morning practice will be notably held at the Bell Centre rather than at the Bell Sports Complex due to the annual Tim Hortons Coaching Day event taking place in Montreal. Hundreds of minor hockey coaches from across the province will be taking part in the yearly clinic. Click here to learn more.

- The Canadiens will also host team’s game-worn equipment sale on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre. Fans can access the sale via the Lucien-L’Allier station.

- Carey Price will get his seventh start of the season on Saturday and his first against the Rangers since suffering a season-ending injury opposite New York in Game 1 of last spring’s East Final. Price holds a 2.06 GAA and 0.934 save percentage against Alain Vigneault’s squad.

Offensive lines and defensive pairings at practice
Prust – Malhotra – Moen
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Sekac/Weise – Eller – Bourque
Galchenyuk – Plekanec– Parenteau

Emelin – Subban
Gilbert – Markov
Weaver – Tinordi
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POSTED ON Thursday, 23.10.2014 / 4:17 PM

- 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:

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

Weaver-Tinordi
Markov-Gilbert
Emelin-Subban

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 21.10.2014 / 12:29 PM

- 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.

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POSTED ON Monday, 20.10.2014 / 12:58 PM

- 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.

- For his part, Dale Weise, who has been a healthy scratch for the last two games, rotated with Jiri Sekac on a line with Rene Bourque and Lars Eller.

Lines and D pairings at practice:

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

Emelin-Subban
Markov-Gilbert
Weaver-Tinordi
Beaulieu

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POSTED ON Saturday, 18.10.2014 / 12:22 PM

- 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.

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POSTED ON Friday, 17.10.2014 / 4:37 PM

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

Canal D

Saturday, October 18, 5:00 p.m.

RDS 2

Saturday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.

RDS

Saturday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.

Rebroadcast

Saturday, 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.

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POSTED ON Friday, 17.10.2014 / 1:47 PM

- 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.

-All players were present at practice, except for defenseman Andrei Markov who was given a therapy day. Nathan Beaulieu took Markov’s spot alongside Tom Gilbert on Friday.

- 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:

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

Emelin – Subban
Gilbert – Beaulieu
Weaver-Tinordi
Markov (Therapy Day)

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POSTED ON Thursday, 16.10.2014 / 2:21 PM

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.

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