POSTED ON Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 1:20 PM ET

- After posting a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night, the Canadiens took part in off-ice workouts on Saturday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Michel Therrien’s troops will be back in action on Sunday night when they play host to the Islanders at the Bell Centre.

- The Canadiens called up Sven Andrighetto from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps immediately after Friday night’s tilt. He arrived in Montreal on Saturday morning to take part in off-ice activities and meet members of the media, too. The Swiss forward is off to a great start this season, having put up six points in his last three games. He scored two goals on Friday night against the Syracuse Crunch, including the game-winner in overtime.

- The Canadiens’ bench boss hasn’t revealed his lineup for Sunday night’s game against the Islanders as of yet. He said that information will come on Monday. That means that Andrighetto doesn’t yet know if he’ll be suiting up for his first NHL game of the season.

- Therrien also provided an update on the health status of forward Torrey Mitchell, indicating that he would not be available for Sunday night’s game and that his injury would be re-evaluated on Monday.

- Meanwhile, defenseman Alexei Emelin hit the ice for the first time on Saturday since sustaining a lower-body injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 11th. The Russian rearguard has missed the last four games. He will not play on Sunday night.

- Carey Price will get the start in goal on Sunday. It will mark his 17th career start against the Islanders. He boasts a 10-3-3 record against them over the course of his career.

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POSTED ON Friday, 11.20.2015 / 10:44 PM ET

Following Friday night’s 5-3 win in Brooklyn, the Canadiens called up forward Sven Andrighetto from the St. John's IceCaps.

In 17 games with the IceCaps this season Andrighetto has collected six goals and nine assists, for a total of 15 points.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.19.2015 / 12:29 PM ET

- The Canadiens held an optional skate on Thursday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard ahead of their tilt against the Arizona Coyotes. Immediately after the game, Michel Therrien’s troops will travel to New York where they’ll battle the Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night.

- On Wednesday afternoon, Therrien announced that Alexander Semin would be a healthy scratch for Thursday night’s contest. Torrey Mitchell will take his place on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller. Meanwhile, Brian Flynn will center the fourth line flanked by Paul Byron and Devante Smith-Pelly.

- Defenseman Alexei Emelin will miss a third straight game with a lower-body injury. Therrien already confirmed that the Russian rearguard wouldn’t be playing any of the Canadiens’ games over the weekend. That means that he’ll miss at least the next three games.

- For their part, the Coyotes arrive in Montreal in the midst of a four-game road trip. They’ve dropped their last two outings, but they arrive in town boasting two of the top young guns in the NHL today in rookies Max Domi and Anthony Duclair. The pair has been a sparkplug on offense for Arizona during the early part of the 2015-16 campaign. Needless to say, the Canadiens are well aware of what they’re capable of. While Domi ranks second among the league’s rookies with 16 points through 18 games, Duclair sits seventh, chipping in with 11 points on his own.

“They’ve got lots of speed and lots of youth. I mean, youth is scary in this league. When you have young players playing well, they kind of feel untouchable which can be scary defending. The Coyotes are kind of like Tampa. They skate well. It’s going to be another exciting game. It’ll be another challenge tonight,” offered Nathan Beaulieu, who, at 22 years of age, has a healthy respect for what 20-year-old Domi and 20-year-old Duclair have accomplished early on in their respective NHL careers. “They’re both highly-skilled, quick guys. It seems like that’s where the game is headed right now, with speed, skill and quickness. I’m not surprised at all with the success they’ve had. It’s good for the game.”

Brendan Gallagher isn’t necessarily surprised by their achievements, either. The 23-year-old winger believes it’s a by-product of a consistent work ethic both on and off the ice – something he definitely knows a lot about.

“It isn’t easy to have success when you’re a younger guy. The only way to explain it is that they’re just good players. They play consistent hockey and they work hard. They earn the confidence of the coaching staff,” explained Gallagher, who is in his fourth season in the NHL ranks, and was a Calder Trophy candidate back in 2012-13. “When you get to the league as a youngster, your first goal is earning the confidence of your coach and your teammates. Those guys play well, and battle night after night to have an impact for their team.”

- The Canadiens’ power play has struggled to produce goals over the last three games, going 1-for-12 during that span. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t clicking, though. Last time out against Vancouver on Monday night, the man advantage certainly gave the CH life when it seemed like they were in trouble down 3-0 early in the second period. It had the flow and energy they were looking for. Defenseman Jeff Petry thinks it’s headed in the right direction.

“Our power play moves the puck well. We get our scoring chances. It’s just a question of time before we manage to score. If we don’t score, it allows us to generate momentum for the rest of the game,” mentioned Petry, referencing a Canadiens power play that currently ranks fourth in the league after finding the back of the net 23.9 percent of the time on the year. “We all know we can score. The goals are going to come in waves eventually. We have to keep the same structure and keep persevering.”

- The Canadiens are coming off some tough starts as of late, but that isn’t something they’re dwelling on right now. Heading into Thursday night’s tilt against Arizona, the focus remains on playing a good game from start to finish. Period.

“We’re more worried about playing a full game right now. I feel like the worst thing you can do is say – ‘O.K. When we go out there, we can’t get scored on right away.’ It’s a clean slate. It’s a clean game. We were so good with our starts to the game at the beginning of the season, so we know what we need to do. The opportunity is there. We’ve just got to go out and perform,” shared Beaulieu, who has one goal and five points in 19 games so far this season. “We’re not worried about having bad starts all the time. We’re professionals. We know how to prepare for games. Bounces are going to happen. If it keeps happening, we’ll have to put more emphasis into it. For now, though, we’re not panicking about it.”

- Mike Condon will be between the pipes for the Canadiens. It will be his ninth straight start.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS and City TV Montreal.

Probable lineup vs. Arizona:

Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Eller – Galchenyuk – Mitchell
Weise – Desharnais – Fleischmann
Byron – Flynn – Smith-Pelly
Semin

Markov – Subban
Gilbert – Pateryn
Beaulieu – Petry
Tinordi

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An important step 

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 1:06 PM ET

- After a day off on Tuesday, the Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Wednesday morning in preparation for Thursday night’s tilt against the Arizona Coyotes at the Bell Centre.

- Even if the on-ice session was scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m. EST, the majority of the guys jumped on the ice 30 minutes ahead of time to work on special teams. Coaching consultant Craig Ramsay laced up his skates to work on special teams with the players, too.

- Goaltender Carey Price was back out on the ice again on Wednesday. This time, however, the four-time All-Star took part in the practice session with the rest of his teammates. He met with members of the media after practice and indicated that he didn’t yet know when he’d be ready to return to active duty. Head coach Michel Therrien met with Price before practice and mentioned that the Canadiens’ starter would decide upon a return date himself. You’ll recall that Price has been sidelined with a lower-body injury he suffered on October 29th in Edmonton.

- Defenseman Alexei Emelin didn’t skate on Wednesday. He’s been hampered by a lower-body injury. Therrien confirmed that the Russian rearguard will not take part in any of the upcoming games over the weekend.

- Having logged just 6:48 of ice time in the Canadiens’ most recent outing against Vancouver, forward Alexander Semin will be a healthy scratch on Thursday night against the Coyotes. That means that Paul Byron will be back in the lineup after watching the last two games from the press box. Torrey Mitchell will likely skate on a line with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk, while Byron will play with Brian Flynn and Devante Smith-Pelly.

- Following practice, players headed over to the Bell Centre to take part in the annual Montreal Canadiens-evenko Blood Drive.

Lines and D pairings at practice:

Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Eller – Galchenyuk – Mitchell
Weise – Desharnais – Fleischmann
Byron – Flynn – Smith-Pelly
Semin

Markov – Subban
Gilbert – Pateryn
Beaulieu – Petry
Tinordi

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.16.2015 / 12:59 PM ET

- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Monday morning in preparation for their tilt against the Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Centre.

- As has been the case for several weeks now, Michael Bournival skated prior to the Canadiens’ on-ice session accompanied by athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine. Bournival is still recovering from concussion-like symptoms.

- Following the morning skate, head coach Michel Therrien indicated that goaltender Carey Price is making good progress recovering from his injury, but it’s still far too early to talk about a return to active duty. Price has been skating at the Bell Sports Complex over the last several days under the supervision of both Roof-Racine and goaltending coach Stephane Waite.

- Also on the injury front, Therrien confirmed that defenseman Alexei Emelin is still listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. That means that Greg Pateryn will remain in the lineup on Monday night against Vancouver.

- The Canadiens aren’t expected to feature any lineup changes for Monday night’s contest. As such, Alexander Semin will suit up for a second straight game, while Paul Byron should be a healthy scratch.

- Monday night’s game will mark the second and final regular season meeting between the Canadiens and the Canucks this year. Back on October 27th, the Canucks handed Therrien’s squad a 5-1 loss at Rogers Arena, snapping the Canadiens’ remarkable nine-game winning streak to start the season. Three weeks later, the defeat is still fresh in the minds of Habs players who are looking to give Willie Desjardins’ all they can handle this time around.

“I know personally, I don’t like when teams beat us like that. You always remember it. But, our approach is that it’s just another opportunity for us to get on the winning side of things. Tough game last game, and we all know that we can be better. We did a lot of things well, but in this league you only get rewarded for wins, so we have to come out with our best effort,” shared P.K. Subban, who posted a minus-2 differential against the Canucks several weeks back. “They’re definitely a team that can score goals, and I felt like they outworked us in Vancouver. We can’t let that happen tonight.”

- If the loss to Vancouver in late October is still etched in the Canadiens’ collective memory, it’s safe to say their 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche over the weekend is, too. Losing like that isn’t easy to swallow, but when you’re among the best teams in the NHL, your opponents are automatically motivated to offer up their best stuff. If the Canadiens hope to remain atop the standings, they know full well they’ll have to be ready to match their opponents’ intensity on any given night. The Canucks’ visit to the Bell Centre is no exception.

“I think that every team that’s at the top of their standings has an automatic target on their back, but we should also have plenty of motivation to play against Vancouver because of what happened the last time we played there. That should just be fuel for us going into tonight’s game. I’m sure everyone is going to be hungry to play,” stressed Lars Eller, who has five goals and six points in 18 games during the 2015-16 campaign. “I think last game we had the puck a lot more than we’ve had in recent games. You have to have the puck to create scoring chances. If you’re playing good defense, you have the puck a lot more. That’s one area we did well and can keep improving on. Sometimes, maybe we’re going to the net and then the puck doesn’t get there. Sometimes, it’s just the other way around. We’ve got to find a way to get in sync again with what each other is doing, but we know we have the ability to make it work.”

- With nine wins in their last 10 games, the New York Rangers are now the league’s top team. Leading the NHL in points at this point in the year might not be cause be celebration with so much hockey left to be played, but it’s still something to be proud of. Having been there in recent weeks, the Canadiens would like to find a way to grab that ranking right back sooner rather than later.

“Our goal is to be at the top. It’s nice seeing your name at the top. Now that it’s not, we’ve got to refocus and get back there. We know it’s possible. We know we’re one of the best teams in this league for a reason. We’ve just got to get back to basics,” offered Nathan Beaulieu, who will likely be paired with Jeff Petry on the Canadiens’ back-end for a second straight game on Monday night. “We have to get off to a better start. The last couple of games, we haven’t been happy with it. If you get behind too much in this league, it’s tough to get back. We weren’t happy with our first period [against Colorado]. We did a little better as the game went on, but we’re looking for a solid 60 minutes.”

- Mike Condon will go up against Jacob Markstrom in goal. Condon will be making his eighth straight start for the Canadiens, while the Canucks’ netminder will be playing just his second game of the year. Markstrom has a 0-1-1 record and a 3.00 goals-against average in two career outings against Montreal.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on RDS and Sportsnet.

Probable lineup against Vancouver:

Gallagher – Plekanec – Pacioretty
Semin – Galchenyuk – Eller
Fleischmann – Desharnais – Weise
Smith-Pelly – Mitchell – Flynn
Byron

Subban – Markov
Beaulieu – Petry
Pateryn – Gilbert
Tinordi

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Game preview: Canadiens vs. Canucks
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Getting over it

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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.15.2015 / 12:51 PM ET

- After dropping a 6-1 decision to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at the Bell Centre, Michel Therrien’s troops practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Sunday morning in preparation for Monday night’s tilt against the Vancouver Canucks.

- A high-intensity workout was on the menu on Sunday. The Canadiens’ coaching staff had the players take part in battle drills and work on net-front presence, too, following a tough defeat on home ice.

- Alexei Emelin didn’t take part on Sunday morning’s on-ice session. The Russian rearguard missed Saturday night’s game due to a lower-body injury. Tom Gilbert and Greg Pateryn were once again paired together on D.

- Up front, Alexander Semin was still skating on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller. For his part, Paul Byron appeared to be the extra once again, rotating on the fourth line with Brian Flynn.

- After practice wrapped up, Carey Price hit the ice with goaltending coach Stephane Waite and athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine to continue his rehab work. The Canadiens’ starter is still recovering from a lower-body injury that has kept him out of the lineup since the beginning of November.

Lines and D pairings at practice:

Gallagher – Plekanec – Pacioretty
Semin – Galchenyuk – Eller
Fleischmann – Desharnais – Weise
Smith-Pelly – Mitchell – Flynn
Byron

Subban – Markov
Beaulieu – Petry
Pateryn – Gilbert
Tinordi

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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 12:08 PM ET

- The Canadiens held an optional skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard ahead of Saturday night’s tilt against the visiting Colorado Avalanche.
 

- Max Pacioretty, Dale Weise and P.K. Subban opted not to take part in the morning skate, while Alexei Emelin was absent with a lower body injury.
 

- Greg Pateryn will replace Emelin in the lineup, making his 2015-16 debut opposite the Avalanche after recently being assigned for a three-game conditioning stint with the St. John’s IceCaps in the AHL.

“It was good to go down there and get some game experience. It’s a lot different than just practicing against your own guys and working out every day. It was good to get into some battles,” acknowledged the 25-year-old rearguard. “It’s definitely exciting. It’s been a long time, but you stay ready for a reason. You never know what can happen.”

Pateryn should be paired with a familiar face in Tom Gilbert when he hits the Bell Centre ice for the first time this season on Saturday.

“I think that’s the plan for now,” continued the Sterling Heights, MI native. “We played together in the past -- in the playoffs last year too -- so we’re pretty comfortable with each other and I’m excited.”
 

- The Canadiens also announced that Alexander Semin will be back in the lineup in place of Paul Byron, after sitting out the last seven games as a healthy scratch. The Russian forward should once again form a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller.

Although Semin did not address the media on Saturday, his teammates were excited to have him back.

“He has a good shot, and the ability to get the puck off quickly. It’s something opposing players will have to be aware of,” underlined Brendan Gallagher. “He’s been a very good player in this league for a long time and he’s been wanting to get back into the lineup for awhile.”Second time's a charm

Semin had a goal and two assists in his first 10 games with the Habs, and should be well-surrounded to add to those totals in his return to action.

“The strength of this group has always been our team concept,” added Gallagher. “That’s the way we play -- anyone can come in and contribute, and we expect him to do just that.”
 

- In goal, Mike Condon will make a seventh consecutive start for the Habs. Condon holds a 6-0-2 record with a 0.936 save percentage and 1.73 goals against average through his first eight games in the NHL.
 

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre on TVA Sports and Sportsnet.
 
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POSTED ON Friday, 11.13.2015 / 1:01 PM ET

- After a day off on Thursday, the Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Friday morning in preparation for their tilt against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

- Defenseman Alexei Emelin didn’t practice on Friday. He was given a therapy day. Forward Torrey Mitchall also wasn’t present.

- Goaltender Carey Price didn’t take part in the on-ice session either. The Anahim Lake, BC native suffered a lower-body injury on October 29 in Edmonton.

- Following practice, head coach Michel Therrien indicated that he hadn’t yet finalized his lineup for Saturday night’s contest against Colorado. It’s worth noting that Alexander Semin skated on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller on Friday.

Forward lines and D pairings at practice:

Gallagher – Plekanec – Pacioretty
Semin – Galchenyuk – Eller
Fleischmann – Desharnais – Weise
Smith-Pelly – Flynn – Byron

Subban – Markov
Beaulieu – Petry
Pateryn – Gilbert – Tinordi

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 1:44 PM ET

- The Canadiens hit the ice on Wednesday morning at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh in preparation for their midweek tilt against the Penguins.
 

- There were nearly as many Habs jerseys in the stands as there were on the ice during the morning skate, as the players’ dads filled a section of the arena to take in their sons’ practice as part of Canadiens’ 2015-16 Father & Son Road Trip.

“It’s special. I had a nice meal with him last night and got to introduce him to the guys,” revealed Nathan Beaulieu, whose father Jacques was sporting a familiar No. 28 jersey at practice. “Growing up he coached a lot of hockey and our seasons were at the same time, so he didn’t get to see me play much. Opportunities like this go a long way. I know Geoff Molson arranges this every year for our moms or our dads, and it shows a lot of class. We’re very appreciative of it.”

Indeed, fathers arrived from all over to spend the special day with their sons.

“He had to come in late because of work, but it’s just awesome spending time with him now,” added Max Pacioretty, whose father Raymond flew in on Wednesday morning. “A lot of the guys’ dads were around hockey when we were kids, so they have a pretty good understanding of what goes on in here, but my dad never played hockey in his life. He’s learning something new every minute and he’s having a lot of fun right now.”

Following the morning skate, the proud pops went on a tour of Pittsburgh while the Habs continued with their regular game day routines.
 

- Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that there would be no roster changes on Wednesday, opting to stick with Saturday’s winning lineup against Boston.

“It’s very encouraging for us as a team. We have four lines right now that can all generate offense and score,” underlined Lars Eller, who will once again play alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Devante Smith-Pelly. “We’ve seen our fourth line scoring big goals which have won us games recently and that depth has been a big part of our success.”
 

- Mike Condon will likewise be back in goal for the Habs, making his fifth consecutive start since Carey Price was announced to be sidelined with an injury prior to last Sunday's game against the Jets. Condon has gone 3-0-1 over that stretch so far, earning the NHL’s Third Star of the Week honor along the way.

“We know that Carey’s our best player, but we also know that this is an opportunity for us to make some noise,” continued Pacioretty. “Obviously as individuals we want to prove that we can be one of the best teams in the league. A guy like Condo’s felt that pressure and has used it as motivation. It’s been great so far but this is just the start. We still want to continue getting better with every game.”
 

- The Penguins have been hot since the last time these two teams met, going 9-2 since falling to the Habs on October 13.

“They’re always a tough team to beat. Just look at their lineup,” admitted Therrien. “We’ll need to be structurally sound tonight to come out with the win. We’ll be facing top-tier players.”

That certainly includes Sidney Crosby, despite the fact that the Pens captain has only registered a pair of goals and five assists through 12 games so far this season.

“That’s actually scary. He’s the best player in the world for a reason, so he’s about to take off soon, I’m sure,” added Beaulieu, who will once again be tasked with containing Pittsburgh’s stars with Tom Gilbert on the blue line. We’re not going to change our approach going into this game. He’s a special player. We’re not paying too much attention to his stats, we have to respect the player he is.”
 

- Puck drop at the CONSOL Energy Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on RDS, Sportsnet, and NBCSN.

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Family first

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 1:23 PM ET

- The Canadiens practiced at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday morning before departing for Pittsburgh where they’ll battle the Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center on Wednesday night.

- This trek to Pittsburgh is particularly special because it marks the Father & Son road trip where players were allowed to bring along their father, brother or uncle along to experience life on the road first-hand. It’s the second time the Canadiens have scheduled this trip. Last season, the moms went along. The trip actually began on Tuesday morning as guests took in the practice on the South Shore.

- As has been the case for several weeks now, Michael Bournival skated prior to the Canadiens’ on-ice session accompanied by athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine. Bournival is still recovering from concussion-like symptoms.

- Following practice, head coach Michel Therrien updated the media on the health status of Carey Price. He indicated that Price had not been responding particularly well to treatment. That’s why the All-World netminder requested a second opinion on his injury and flew to New York on Monday to have another evaluation. The good news is that the diagnosis Price received in the Big Apple was the same one he was given in Montreal. Still, he will begin a new course of treatment that the Canadiens hope will get him back in the lineup soon. Nevertheless, Price will not play this week. He did, however, make the trip to Pittsburgh. You’ll recall that Price suffered a lower-body injury during a game in Edmonton on October 29.

Lines and D pairings at practice:

Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Weise – Desharnais – Fleischmann
Eller – Galchenyuk – Smith-Pelly
Flynn – Mitchell – Byron
Semin

Petry – Emelin
Beaulieu – Gilbert
Subban – Markov
Tinordi – Pateryn

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