Top 10 - Games Not to Miss in 2013-14

Friday, 19.07.2013 / 1:02 PM

October 1 vs. Toronto

The start : What better way than to start the regular season than with an old-fashioned battle between the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs. This classic matchup will open the season for a fifth straight year dating back to the 2009-10 campaign. Take note that it will only be the second time since the 1999-00 season that Canadiens fans will have the opportunity to see their squad open the year on home ice.

October 10 @ Edmonton

The reunion : The Canadiens and Oilers young guns will square off for the first time since the 2012 NHL Entry Draft when Alex Galchenyuk and Nail Yakupov were selected by their respective clubs. The two upstart hockey prodigies and former teammates with the Sarnia Sting each played all 48 regular season games during the 2012-13 campaign. Galchenyuk registered 27 points, while Yakupov posted 31.

October 24 vs. Anaheim

Final lap : With the reworking of the schedule and the divisions, Canadiens fans will have the opportunity to see all of the league’s 30 teams at least once at the Bell Centre. The game on October 24 could be the final chance to see former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu in action as the 39-year-old recently signed a contract with the Ducks for just one season. The game will mark Koivu’s second appearance in Montreal since his departure during the 2008-09 campaign.

November 2 @ Colorado

‘St. Patrick’ behind the bench : The symbolism behind this game is fairly significant because of the presence of Canadiens living legend Patrick Roy behind the Avalanche bench. For the former goaltender who won two Stanley Cup titles in a Canadiens uniform, the tilt will mark his first game coaching against the team he watched growing up.

November 7 @ Ottawa

Rivalry renewed : Rivalries are created during the playoffs. And, having seen how the rivalry between the Canadiens and Senators became increasingly intense during the opening round of the playoffs in 2013, the first tilt between Michel Therrien’s and Paul MacLean’s squads in 2013-14 should be quite heated.

December 12 @ Philadelphia

Brotherly love?: When a player returns to a city where he spent a significant part of his playing career, it’s always special. For Daniel Briere, who agreed to terms with the Canadiens on a two-year contract during the offseason, it will mark his first experience as a visitor at the Wells Fargo Center in six years. Even though he will have the opportunity to see former teammates, it remains to be seen whether or not “brotherly love” will be on the menu on this night.

January 11 vs. Chicago

The champions : More than a year after leaving the Windy City, Marc Bergevin will have the opportunity to see his former team in action when the Blackhawks arrive in Montreal for the first time since April 5, 2011. The contest will also be a chance for Canadiens fans to see the most recent winners of the Stanley Cup at work.

January 24 @ Detroit

#teammance : For those who’ve followed the twists and turns of the #teammance between the @CanadiensMTL and the @DetroitRedWings since February, you will finally have the answer to the question : Will the #teammance continue once the two teams do battle on the ice?

February 8 @ Carolina

A break : The game on February 8 will mark the final contest before the Olympic break. Thus, it will be the last chance to see your favorite players in action before some of them head to Sochi, Russia to join their respective national teams. Two-and-a-half weeks without NHL hockey is a long time, so make the most of this final game. The league resumes play on February 26.

April 12 vs. New York

The end? No!: Canadiens fans have the chance to see their favorites in action to close out the regular season. The opponent on this particular night – the Rangers – should make for a memorable game.

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