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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 5:34 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Gaborik to miss Blue Jackets' game vs. Canadiens

MONTREAL - Marian Gaborik, the Columbus Blue Jackets' leading scorer, will miss his team's game against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night due to an illness, the team announced just over two hours before puck drop.

Gaborik's spot in the lineup will be taken by Sean Collins, who will make his season debut.

Gaborik has two goals and four assists in five games this season playing on the Blue Jackets' top line with Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson. Rookie Boone Jenner is expected to take Gaborik's spot on that line.

Collins played five games with the Blue Jackets last season. He is still looking for his first NHL point.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Pacioretty out for Canadiens, maybe Bourque as well

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens will be without left wing Max Pacioretty and perhaps left wing Rene Bourque as well when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Pacioretty left the Canadiens' 3-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday in the first period with a lower-body injury. He had to be helped off the ice and was unable to put weight on his left leg.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said the team still was awaiting the results of an MRI taken Wednesday night amid rampant speculation in Montreal about the severity of Pacioretty’s injury. When he said the team did not have the results of the MRI as of early Thursday afternoon, a few reporters chuckled.

"What are you laughing at? We don't know yet," Therrien said. "I'm as eager to know as you are. Maybe even a little more eager than you are."

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Posted On Saturday, 10.05.2013 / 12:35 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Pacioretty out for Canadiens against Flyers

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will miss Saturday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a left arm injury.

Pacioretty hurt his arm midway through the first period of Montreal's season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he was hit along the boards by Colton Orr. Pacioretty missed the rest of the first period and the first few shifts of the second before coming back to finish the game.

Pacioretty participated in Montreal's practice Friday, but said afterward that he couldn't guarantee he would be able to play in Saturday's game. Coach Michel Therrien said Saturday after the team's morning skate that he considered it "too risky" to put Pacioretty in the lineup.

Pacioretty's absence, coupled with that of George Parros (concussion), ensures that rookie Michael Bournival will make his NHL debut while Ryan White will make his season debut after both sat out Tuesday's game.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 12:08 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Potential lineups for Canadiens, Maple Leafs

MONTREAL -- Here are the lines for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday night, the opening game in the 2013-14 NHL season.

MAPLE LEAFS

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Joffrey Lupul - Nazem Kadri - Nikolai Kulemin

Mason Raymond - Dave Bolland - Troy Bodie

Carter Ashton - Jay McClement - Colton Orr


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Posted On Monday, 09.30.2013 / 1:49 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Murray injury comes at worst time for Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens signed free agent defenseman Douglas Murray to fill a big hole on their blue line, but an injury puts him at risk of losing that job to someone else.

The Canadiens announced Monday that Murray would miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury sustained at practice Sunday. This comes after Murray missed most of training camp and the entire preseason schedule with a lower-body injury.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 11:41 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Tinordi and Bournival make Canadiens' roster

MONTREAL - Defenseman Jarred Tinordi and center Michael Bournival will start the season with the Montreal Canadiens, coach Michel Therrien announced Thursday night.

Center Gabriel Dumont and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu were Montreal's final cuts of training camp and will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Dumont must clear waivers before reporting.


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Posted On Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 1:44 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Canadiens expect Gionta to play final preseason game

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta is expected to play his team's final preseason game Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators, thereby assuring he will be ready to start the season on time Oct. 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gionta underwent surgery to repair a torn biceps muscle in his left arm in May and there was some question at the beginning of camp on whether or not he would be able to play on opening night.

While nothing is set in stone, both Gionta and Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Tuesday that the plan is to have him play Thursday night.


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Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 5:10 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Price begins first Canadiens camp with Waite

BROSSARD, Quebec -- A new relationship began to be built Thursday when Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price spent his first on-ice session with his new coach, Stephane Waite.

"He's got an excellent resume; he's had success with other goaltenders," Price said of his new mentor. "I'm looking forward to rounding my game with him."

Waite's resume includes winning the Stanley Cup twice in four seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, helping first Antti Niemi then Corey Crawford backstop their teams through the grind of the playoffs.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 12:04 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Canadiens offer possible glimpse at line combinations

BROSSARD, Quebec -- It was only the first scrimmage of training camp, but Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien may have given a little sneak preview Thursday as to the line combinations he'll use this season.

Canadiens new acquisition Daniel Briere was at right wing on a line with David Desharnais at center and Max Pacioretty on the left, two players who have spent basically the entirety of their professional careers together. With Briere and Desharnais both standing considerably less than 6 feet, it would be a combination lacking size but oozing with skill.

Another combination had Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque together at center and left wing, just as they were last season. But the right side was filled by prospect Christian Thomas in the absence of captain Brian Gionta, who is still recovering from a torn biceps muscle. Thomas was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers for Danny Kristo during the offseason.


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Posted On Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 3:55 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Canadiens' Plekanec moves past tragic week

BROSSARD, Quebec – Tomas Plekanec has always been one to find his summers a little bit too long, particularly since his Montreal Canadiens have not made the Stanley Cup Final once in his eight seasons with the club.

He is a hockey junkie, and is always itching to play.

But this year, Plekanec wanted to spend a little extra time at his home in Kladno, Czech Republic because, for one of the few times in his life, hockey had to take a back seat to something more serious.

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Quote of the Day

This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens