MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens and the NHL today released the schedule for the 2014-15 regular season. The Canadiens will open the season against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Center in Toronto on Wednesday, October 8. The Canadiens home opener is scheduled for Thursday, October 16 against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens’ regular season will end on Saturday, April 11 also in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, wrapping up an 82-game schedule over a span of 186 days. There will be a 6-day break from January 21 to 26, 2015 with the presentation of the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus.
The Canadiens will play two matinee games at home during the traditional Super Bowl Weekend on Saturday, January 31 versus the Washington Capitals (1 p.m.) and Sunday, February 1 against the Arizona Coyotes (1 p.m.).
With the new NHL realignment which became effective during the 2013-14 season, the Canadiens will play 30 games versus their seven division opponents (Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto), and three games against each of the other eight non-division teams from the Eastern Conference (24 games). The remaining 28 games will be played versus Western Conference clubs, with one home game and one away game against each of the 14 teams.
The Canadiens will play seven (7) preseason games between September 23 to October 4, including four (4) games at the Bell Centre, as the team will host Boston (September 23), Colorado (September 25), Washington (September 28) and Ottawa (October 4). Three preseason games will also be played on the road: at Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City against Colorado (September 26) as well as in Chicago (October 1) and in Ottawa (October 3).
Canadiens games at the Bell Centre will be played at least once on each day of the week, except for Wednesday. Saturday remains the busiest day on the schedule with 22 games, including 15 contests at the Bell Centre.
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