Montreal Canadiens


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Change is good
Posted 6 hours ago

BROSSARD – While playing back-to-back afternoon games over Super Bowl weekend might be something some teams frown upon, the Canadiens are wholeheartedly embracing the opportunity to mix things up a little.

On Saturday, Michel Therrien’s troops will entertain the Washington Capitals at 1 p.m. EST before battling the Arizona Coyotes at the same time on Sunday. It will mark the 24th time in team history that the Canadiens will contest two games in as many days ahead of the NFL’s biggest event of the year. The Habs boast an 11-8-3-1 record in the opening game of the weekend set, and a…

Feels like April
Posted 23 hours ago

NEW YORK – Last spring’s Montreal-New York playoff series may have ended 245 days ago, but don’t tell that to the Canadiens or Rangers.

Snow still lined the streets in downtown Manhattan following a short-lived late-January blizzard, but inside Madison Square Garden, any puck purist could have sworn spring hockey was being played.

“That was a playoff game. We were grinding. We put pucks in deep and they did the same. We play a very similar game to them – definitely fast paced – but tight-checking as well,” noted Max Pacioretty, whose lone marker late in the third turned out to be…

The Numbers Game – J…
Posted 1 day ago

NEW YORK – Here’s a numerical look at Thursday’s game between the Canadiens and Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

4 – Number of former Rangers who suited up for the Canadiens on Thursday, as Manny Malhotra, Brandon Prust, Christian Thomas and Dale Weise were all back on the ice in their one-time home. With Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau also on the Canadiens roster but sidelined with a concussion, ex-Blueshirts currently have the largest representation in Montreal of any of the other 28 NHL teams.

21,4 – Percentage of career shut outs goaltender Carey Price has registered at the Rangers’ expense, with six of his…

Game Preview: Canadi…
Posted 2 days ago

CANADIENS (30-13-3) @ RANGERS (27-14-4)

The Canadiens will try to put an end to their three-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night when they take on one of the league’s hottest teams – the New York Rangers.

Since Alain Vigneault’s squad handed the Canadiens a 5-0 loss back on November 23, the Rangers have won 18 of their last 25 games to sit third in the Metropolitan Division, just four points back of the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

Head coach Michel Therrien should be featuring the same lineup that bested the Dallas Stars 3-2 at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.…

Making it four
Posted 2 days ago

BROSSARD – If the Canadiens are planning on extending their current winning streak to four straight games, they’re going to have to do it in a building that hasn’t been kind to them as of late.

Back on November 23, Michel Therrien’s troops lost their third straight game to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden dating back to last season’s Eastern Conference Finals series. The latest defeat in the Big Apple was particularly hard to swallow as the Canadiens dropped a 5-0 decision to the Blueshirts, while being outshot by a 34-21 margin along the way.

On Thursday night, however,…