POSTED ON Saturday, 03.5.2016 / 1:45 PM ET

- The Canadiens skated at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Saturday morning in preparation for their tilt against the Jets. It marks the final game on the team’s four-game road trip that previously made stops in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.

- Mike Condon will be in goal against the Jets. It will mark his 40th start of the year and his second career outing versus Winnipeg. Earlier this year, Condon bested the Jets by stopping 18 of 19 shots against in a 5-1 victory at the Bell Centre.

- At the morning skate, Alex Galchenyuk centered a line with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher on the wing. It’s a move head coach Michel Therrien felt compelled to make given Galchenyuk’s success as of late. The Canadiens’ No. 27 has five goals in his last five games – including a pair of multi-goal efforts against the Capitals (Feb. 24) and Ducks (Mar. 2), respectively.

“Alex has made a lot of progress. He’s been productive. We see that he’s playing with a lot of confidence on the wing. Now, we’re putting him in a different position and we’re going to see if he can keep playing with that same confidence and be just as productive in his new role at center,” explained Therrien, who is eager to see how the 22-year-old fares in his return to the pivot position on Saturday night. “The most important thing is that he continues playing the same way with that same confidence, while keeping his productivity going.”

For his part, Galchenyuk believes lighting the lamp and putting up numbers isn’t necessarily a by-product of confidence, but continuing to push himself as hard as possible to be a threat out there every single night.

“I think in terms of confidence, that’s an overrated word for me, to be honest. You play two good games and you don’t play one good game, and it doesn’t matter how you played those two before,” admitted Galchenyuk, who has 19 goals and 39 points in 65 games for the Canadiens so far this season. “You’ve always got to have that work ethic level, be emotionally excited, be focused and ready to play. It’s not that big of a word that I look for.”

Pacioretty, meanwhile, isn’t necessarily surprised about the timing of the move at all.

“Right now, it’s about trying to do anything to get things going. Obviously, Chucky’s had a lot of success as of late, so when he’s feeling good about his game, it’s a good time to put him in a role where maybe he can strive even more,” said Pacioretty. “We’ll see what he has now.”

- Like the Canadiens, Paul Maurice’s squad has struggled mightily this year. Losers of three straight, the Jets currently find themselves in last place in the NHL’s Central Division with just 57 points and a 2-6-2 record in their last 10 games. That being said, the Canadiens’ captain still expects Winnipeg to come out particularly hard on Saturday night.

“I think that group over there knows they have to outwork teams to win games and that’s the way we play when we have success. We have to try and match their intensity,” said Pacioretty, who leads the Canadiens with 23 goals during the 2015-16 campaign. “You’re going to see a hard-working game tonight between two teams who know their position in the standings.”

Defenseman P.K. Subban shared similar thoughts following Saturday’s morning skate.

“We just have to continue to find ways to put shots on the board, create scoring chances and keep the puck out of our net. It’s pretty simple,” explained Subban. “At the tail end of a long road trip like this, there’s no reason why we can’t just empty the tank tonight.”

- Based on the lines featured at the morning skate, Sven Andrighetto should be back in the lineup on Saturday night, while Mike Brown and Lucas Lessio will likely both be healthy scratches. With respect to the back end, Victor Bartley could be the odd man out. In his post-practice press conference, Therrien indicated that he hadn’t yet made any final lineup decisions for the game against Winnipeg.

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

Lines and D pairings at practice:

Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
Eller – Plekanec – Andrighetto
De La Rose – Danault – Mitchell
Matteau – McCarron – Byron
Lessio – Brown

Subban – Markov
Pateryn – Emelin
Barberio – Ellis
Bartley

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.3.2016 / 2:34 PM ET

- The Canadiens didn’t skate on Thursday morning ahead of their second game in as many nights. After battling the Ducks on Wednesday night in Anaheim, they’ll square off with the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Thursday night.

- Only a few players who weren’t going to dress hit the ice in Los Angeles on Thursday.

- Ben Scrivens will get the start in goal against the Kings. It will be his fifth career start versus Los Angeles. Scrivens was a member of the Kings during the 2013-14 campaign.

- Mike Brown will be back in the lineup on Thursday night. Sven Andrighetto, meanwhile, will be a healthy scratch. That will be the only lineup change Therrien will make up front.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 6:45 PM ET

Max Pacioretty finds himself on a list of the first 16 players named to the American contingent that will hit the ice at the World Cup of Hockey in September. The initial list was revealed on Wednesday.

The Canadiens’ captain represented his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, picking up one point in five games. Pacioretty also donned the colors of Team USA at the World Hockey Championship in 2012 and the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2008.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 6:00 PM ET

Carey Price find himself on a list of the first 16 players named to Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey in September. The initial list was revealed on Wednesday. You’ll recall that Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is a member of the Canadian management group for the competition.

Price led Canada to a gold medal triumph at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and earned tournament MVP honors after posting a 5-0-0 record, a 0.59 goals-against average and two shutouts along the way. The 28-year-old netminder will be making his first appearance in the World Cup of Hockey. He also claimed gold at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2007.

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Max Pacioretty to represent the United States at the World Cup of Hockey
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Andrei Markov to represent Russia at the World Cup of Hockey

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 5:00 PM ET

- After a day off on Tuesday, the Canadiens hit the ice on Wednesday morning at the Honda Center in Anaheim in preparation for their tilt against Ducks.

Stefan Matteau in Anaheim on Wednesday morning.

- Acquired at the trade deadline from New Jersey, Stefan Matteau suited up and skated alongside his new teammates for the first time. The 22-year-old forward will be in the lineup on Wednesday night. He skated on a line with Sven Andrighetto and Jacob De La Rose at practice. Matteau also sported a full cage after suffering a facial fracture on January 14.

“I grew up watching the Canadiens, so this is very exciting. It’s a real honor and I’m going to do my best to work hard and give everything I have to help the team,” said Matteau, who was born in Chicago, but grew up in Blainville. “The system is different in Montreal. It’s more offensive-minded and there’s a lot of talent on this team. Changes like this can do a player some good. I look at it as something really positive.”

- Defenseman Morgan Ellis, meanwhile, will be making his NHL debut on Wednesday night. As a result, Victor Bartley will be a healthy scratch on the back end. The 23-year-old Ellerslie, PEI native put up 12 goals and 31 points in 56 games with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps this season, before being recalled on February 26.

“It’s exciting, obviously. It’s a long time coming. When you end your Junior career, you don’t know how long it’s going to take until you play your first game. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Here I am tonight,” said Ellis, who saw time in the ECHL ranks last season, but worked his way back up with plenty of dedication and persistence. “I’ve got to make the most of it. You never know when your next one is going to be. It’s going to be one shift at a time. I’m going to take this pre-game lunch and nap to focus on what I need to do. I have to play simple out there, move pucks and be hard to play against.”

- Mike Brown, who skated on a line with Torrey Mitchell and Michael McCarron on Monday night in San Jose, will be a healthy scratch against Anaheim. Lucas Lessio will also be taking in the contest from the press box.

- Head coach Michel Therrien elected to form a new line on Wednesday morning, putting McCarron alongside Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk. McCarron will be playing his fifth game of the year – and his third since being recalled from St. John's. On Monday, he saw 13:37 of playing time against the Sharks, and put up two shots on the night.

“It’s exciting to be able to play with offensive guys like that. I hope that we’ll be able to produce and show what we’re capable of,” said McCarron, who isn’t planning on changing his style of play on Wednesday night given his new playing partners. “I played two good games by playing the way I do and I plan on doing the same thing tonight.”

- With the Canadiens set to play two games in as many nights, Therrien is giving Mike Condon the start in goal against Bruce Boudreau’s club. It will mark his 39th start of the season and his first career outing versus Anaheim.

- After being named to their respective squads for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey in September earlier in the day, both Andrei Markov and Tomas Plekanec had a chance to share their thoughts on the nomination following practice.

“It’s always great news. It’s an honor to play for your national team and put on that jersey. It’s going to be a fun tournament,” said Plekanec, who captained the Czech Republic squad in Sochi back in 2014. “It’s a big opportunity for some of the new guys to play in a big tournament right at the beginning of their national team careers. It will be fun for everybody. Hopefully, we’ll be a good team. It’s an opportunity for these guys to step up and show what they can do.”

Markov is also eagerly anticipating the opportunity to ply his trade for Russia in September.

“It’s such a big honor to represent your country in any big tournament, especially this one. I’m proud and happy to be there. It’s always fun to play with the best players. I’m looking forward to it,” said Markov. “I’m going to try to enjoy it, for sure. It might be the last tournament for my country. You never know.”

- Puck drop is scheduled for 10 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS and Sportsnet East.

Lines and D pairings at the morning skate:

Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Eller – McCarron
Andrighetto – De La Rose – Matteau
Byron – Danault – Mitchell
Lessio – Brown

Markov – Subban
Emelin – Pateryn
Ellis – Barberio
Bartley

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 11:00 AM ET

Tomas Plekanec finds himself on a list of the first 16 players named to the Czech Republic contingent that will hit the ice at the World Cup of Hockey in September. The initial list was revealed on Wednesday.

The team captain at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Plekanec is quite familiar with international competition, having already represented his country twice in the Olympics, seven times at the World Hockey Championship – winning two bronze medals and a silver medal – and at the World Junior Hockey Championship on two occasions, where he also won gold in 2001. The veteran centerman will be making his first appearance at the World Cup of Hockey.

SEE ALSO:
Andrei Markov to represent Russia at the World Cup of Hockey

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 6:47 AM ET

Andrei Markov finds himself on a list of the first 16 players named to the Russian contingent that will hit the ice at the World Cup of Hockey in September. The initial list was revealed on Wednesday.

Markov represented Russia during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, picking up two points in five games. He’ll try to add to his already impressive international hockey resume that includes a gold medal at the World Hockey Championship in 2008, a silver medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 1998, and bronze medals at the World Hockey Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the 1998 World Junior Hockey Championship, too.

The veteran defenseman will be participating in the World Cup of Hockey for a second time, having previously suited up in the event the last time it was staged in 2004.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 3:54 PM ET

- The Canadiens skated at the SAP Center in San Jose on Monday – trade deadline day – ahead of their tilt against the Sharks to open a four-game road swing that will also include stops in Anaheim, Los Angeles and Winnipeg.

- Forward Mike Brown, who was Sharks property on Monday morning, was claimed off waivers by the Canadiens prior to the morning skate. The 30-year-old winger hasn’t played since Feb. 22 and has missed San Jose’s last three games. He took part in the on-ice session and skated on a line with Michel McCarron and Torrey Mitchell. Brown is sporting the No. 13 with the CH.

“It’s a little bit crazy. It’s a positive thing, though, to be going to a team that wants me and needs some help. It’s a little bit crazy how everything played out,” said Brown. “In less than 24 hours, going from one team to another and taking on that team again at night, it’s really something. It’s a big moment for me to join this team. I’ve got a good road trip to get acclimated to the group and get to know my new teammates.”

- Forward Lucas Lessio will be a healthy scratch against San Jose. On the back end, Morgan Ellis will once again have to wait his turn before hitting the ice for Michel Therrien’s troops.

- Known for being a tough place to play, the SAP Center hasn’t been kind to the Canadiens in recent years. The Habs haven’t picked up a win in San Jose since November 23, 1999. They’ve dropped eight straight games at the rink on W. Santa Clara St.

“It’s definitely a tough building to play in. I think the noise that the fans can generate is strong. I’ve heard that they’ve got a steel roof, or something like that. It gets loud. You definitely notice it,” shared Brendan Gallagher, who will be playing his third career game in San Jose on Monday night. “The Sharks seem to play much faster in this building. We haven’t had much success here since I’ve been in the league, so hopefully that changes tonight.”

- Mike Condon should get the start in goal against the Sharks. It will mark the 38th start of the season for the 25-year-old rookie netminder – and his fifth straight appearance between the pipes. Condon has played outstanding hockey in recent outings and was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week. Earlier this season, the Canadiens’ No. 39 went up against San Jose when he came on in relief of Dustin Tokarski in a 3-1 loss at the Bell Centre in mid-December. He didn’t allow a goal, stopping all six shots fired in his direction while tending goal for 29 minutes.

“I haven’t changed my style that much since the start of the season. I’ve just improved a few small details. The team has been playing really well in front of me over the last four games. This honor is all about teamwork,” said Condon, who elected to speak to media members on game day to discuss the third-star honor. “The more I keep playing, the more comfortable I’m getting in goal.”

- Immediately after practice, forward Devante Smith-Pelly was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Stefan Matteau.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS and Sportsnet East.

Lines and D pairings at practice:
Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Eller – Andrighetto
Brown – Mitchell – McCarron
Byron – Danault – De La Rose
 
Markov – Subban
Emelin – Pateryn
Bartley – Barberio
Ellis
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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 12:30 PM ET

The Canadiens have claimed forward Mike Brown off waivers from the San Jose Sharks.

Brown is expected to join his new teammates today as the Habs are already in San Jose.

Through 44 games played this season, the 30-year-old forward has registered a goal and added two assists in addition to serving 63 penalty minutes.

A NHL veteran with 393 games to his credit, Brown has amassed 34 points in his career, including 18 goals and 751 penalty minutes.

The former Vancouver Canucks' fifth-round pick in 2004 will be joining his sixth NHL franchise, having previously suited up with the Canucks, Ducks, Maple Leafs, Oilers and Sharks.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.27.2016 / 12:02 PM ET

BROSSARD - The Canadiens held an optional practice on Saturday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, a few hours ahead of their match against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre. Twelve Canadiens players took advantage of the extra ice-time including Mark Barberio, Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, Alexei Emelin, Victor Bartley, Greg Pateryn, Sven Andrighetto, Lucas Lessio, Jacob De La Rose, Devante Smith-Pelly, Ben Scrivens and Mike Condon.

- Acquired from the Blackhawks on Friday night in return for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann, Phillip Danault was not at practice Saturday morning and as of now remains unclear if we will play his first game with the team against the Maple Leafs.

“It’s always unfortunate to see guys that were your teammates leave. Most of us expected moves to happen with guys on expiring contracts, but we got back a young and good player and a draft pick,” noted Tomas Plekanec, who made sure to wish his friend and fellow countryman Tomas Fleischmann good luck on his future with the Blackhawks. “We just exchanged a few texts, I didn’t get a chance to speak with him in person. That’s how competitive our league is, some really good players have to prove themselves on tryouts. I’ve played against Fleischmann before so I knew he was a good player. Fleischmann played very well for us and so did Weisy, we’re going to miss those guys. It was fun to play with Weise, it was a good couple years with Dale. He played very well for us so we are going to miss him.”

- With regards to newcomers Michael McCarron and Morgan Ellis, who were recalled from St. John’s on Friday night, the pair are expected to arrive in Montreal ahead of Saturday night’s game. McCarron has two games of NHL experience from earlier this season, where he collected for penalty minutes. As for Ellis, this marks the first call-up to the Canadiens in his NHL career.

- Sven Andrighetto, who has faced-off against Danault during their time in the QMJHL chipped in with his own scouting report on the new arrivals.

“I played against him [Danault] when he was with Victoriaville. That’s as far as I can remember. He was really strong already back then, a great two-way player. It’s been a while so I haven’t seen him play in a long time,” explained Andrighetto, who also echoed that it is tough to see teammates that you see on an every-day basis move on to another organization.

“It is tough for us as players, but I am sure management will make the right decisions moving forward for the players and the organization. It’s definitely an opportunity for young guys like me to step up. Maybe take on a bigger role.”

- With regards to big Michael McCarron, Andrighetto knows the player well from their time together playing for the St. John’s IceCaps.

“He’s a big forward. A big and strong physical presence, he’s obviously very tough in front of the net but he’s also a really good skater and can make plays as well. I definitely think Michael can handle himself in the face-off circle too, he’s big and strong in the dot. He uses his size to his advantage, in face-offs as well,” continue the Swiss speedster, who also had high praise for defenseman Morgan Ellis. “First of all, I am really happy for him [Morgan] to get the call up. He just works so hard and he’s a leader, he really came on strong this year and has been one of the top defenders in the league this season. He has a really hard shot from the point and makes a great first pass out of the zone.”

- Likewise, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup has also change significantly since the last time the two rivals clashed on January 23. While the Leafs presently sit in last place in the Eastern Conference standings, the Canadiens still have a shot at chasing one of the remaining playoff spots. The Habs could definitely use another two points in the standings, as they look to complete the season series sweep against the Maple Leafs.

- Friday’s announcement that Nathan Beaulieu would miss the next two-three weeks of action, has opened the door for defenders Greg Pateryn, Victor Bartley and Mark Barberio to step up and take advantage of the opportunity.

- Following Friday's announcement regarding the absence of Nathan Beaulieu for the next two or three weeks, it makes three regular defenders on which Michel Therrien will not count for a long time. Already deprived of Jeff Petry and Tom Gilbert, both key to the rest of the season, so this opens the door to other backs who were not used extensively this season to demonstrate their expertise in the last weeks of the regular season.

- As was confirmed by Michel Therrien on Friday, Mike Condon will be back in goal Saturday night against the Leafs. The rookie goaltender will be making his 37th start this season.

- Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcasted on CBC, TVAS, CBC and CITY.

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