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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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POSTED ON Thursday, 16.10.2014 / 12:37 PM

- 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
Beaulieu

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.10.2014 / 1:52 PM

- 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:

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

Subban – Emelin
Tinordi – Weaver
Markov – Gilbert
Beaulieu

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POSTED ON Monday, 13.10.2014 / 1:16 PM

- 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:

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

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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.10.2014 / 1:09 PM

- The Canadiens held an optional morning skate on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia ahead of their tilt against the Flyers. Following the game, the Habs will travel to Tampa Bay where they’ll close out their four-game road trip on Monday night against the Lightning.

- Seventeen players, including both goaltenders, took part in the skate. The only players absent were Max Pacioretty, Rene Bourque, Manny Malhotra, David Desharnais, Mike Weaver and Tom Gilbert. They elected to participate in off-ice workouts instead in preparation for the Canadiens’ third game of the season.

- Alexei Emelin did not skate on Saturday morning as head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that the Russian rearguard is day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained in the tilt against the Capitals on Thursday night in Washington. As such, Emelin will not suit up against the Flyers on Saturday night. Jarred Tinordi will take his place in the lineup and make his 2014-15 regular-season debut.

“I feel good. I’m excited. Not knowing when I was going to play was tough, but I’m in and I’m excited,” offered Tinordi, who played 22 games for the Canadiens last season. “I’ve never played here before, so it’s awesome. I’m excited. I’ve heard good things about playing here.”

- Therrien indicated that he would not reveal his lines ahead of the tilt in Philadelphia. There’s a good chance, however, that both Michael Bournival and Travis Moen will be healthy scratches as the pair skated long after the morning skate had already wrapped up. That suggests that Dale Weise could be back in the lineup after sitting out the Canadiens’ last game in Washington.

- The City of Brotherly Love has been anything but kind to the Canadiens in recent years. The Habs haven’t registered a win in Philadelphia since April 2010, a span of 10 straight games, including playoffs. Michel Therrien’s troops are perfectly aware of that stat, and they know full well what they have to do to snap that double-digit losing streak.

RAW: Lars Eller

“I think it’s about time we won here. Philly is a physical team. It’s a pretty hostile building. The fans are loud and they really get into it. We’ve got to be on our toes, and we can’t have a first period like we did last game in Washington. We’ve got to come out hard and help out Pricer,” stressed Eller, who, based on the lines featured at practice on Friday, could line up alongside Rene Bourque and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau on Saturday night. “We should be excited and play with confidence because we’re 2-0. We’ve had the start we wanted. There are no excuses tonight.”

The Canadiens’ bench boss shared similar sentiments on Saturday morning.

“We’ll have to play an intense game for 60 straight minutes. I really like the way we’ve been playing in the second and third periods. Now, our challenge is get off to a good start and impose our rhythm,” offered Therrien. “We’re playing a team with a lot of depth on offense. It’s always a challenge playing against them. We’re going to look to get off to a good start.”

- Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Canadiens, while Ray Emery will make his first start of the season for the Flyers.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.10.2014 / 5:27 PM

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

French

Saturday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. - Canal D
Saturday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. - RDS

English

Saturday, October 18, 3:30 p.m. - CTV Montreal

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, 10.10.2014 / 1:51 PM

- After arriving in Philadelphia in the wee hours of Friday morning, the Canadiens practiced at the Wells Fargo Center ahead of their tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Michel Therrien’s troops will go in search of a third straight victory after besting the Maple Leafs and Capitals in the first two games of the current four-game road trip.

- All players were present at practice, except for defensemen Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin, both of whom were given a therapy day. In the absence of both rearguards, it is difficult to discern whether or not Therrien will make any changes in his defensive pairings ahead of the game against the Flyers on Saturday night.

- Jiri Sekac was reunited with Tomas Plekanec on a line with Alex Galchenyuk at practice after the trio showed tremendous jump when paired together during Thursday night’s tilt in Washington. For his part, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau assumed Sekac’s spot on a line with Lars Eller and Rene Bourque, while David Desharnais centered a trio with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Therrien, however, indicated that a decision concerning any and all lineup changes for the game against Philadelphia will come on Saturday.

- Based on the forward lines featured at practice, Dale Weise and Michael Bournival could be healthy scratches for the game against the Flyers.

Forward lines at practice:

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

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