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Posted On Saturday, 11.28.2015 / 2:06 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider will start against the Montreal Canadiens for a second straight day Saturday and make his Bell Centre debut (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, CITY, MSG).

Schneider saved 25 of 27 shots before allowing shootout goals to Montreal forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Sven Andrighetto, who also scored during regulation, in a 3-2 loss to the Canadiens on Friday at Prudential Center.

"I want to play as much as I can, so if coach feels that he wants me to go in this game and it's an important game, then that's what's good to me," Schneider said. "So I don't try to overthink it. Every game is big, especially getting into December now that you really have to start kind of jockeying and I think we were O.K. with the one point but we would have liked to have two so if we can get a couple of points (Saturday) somehow I think that will be key and for me I think that's a good challenge."

The 29-year-old goalie has never played in Montreal despite making his debut with the Vancouver Canucks in 2008-09. Schneider's only prior game against Montreal was a 4-3 home shootout loss with the Devils on Dec. 14, 2013.

Posted On Sunday, 11.22.2015 / 2:21 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens will test their organizational depth against the New York Islanders at Bell Centre on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, MSG+, RDS) with an opportunity to sweep the three-game season series.

Montreal forward Sven Andrighetto will make his season debut at right wing on a line with center Alex Galchenyuk and left wing Lars Eller. He was recalled from St. John's of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Montreal (15-4-2) also recalled forward Bud Holloway from St. John's on Sunday after forward Devante Smith-Pelly was ruled out because of a lower-body injury he sustained in the Canadiens' 5-3 win against the Islanders at Barclays Center on Friday.

Posted On Thursday, 11.19.2015 / 2:02 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan hopes a couple of days between games, including one completely away from the rink, will help his spark his team to life midway through a four-game road trip that continues against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-A, RDS, CITYM).

Doan moved into 30th place on the list of NHL regular-season games played Monday in Arizona's 5-2 loss at the New York Islanders. The Coyotes lost by the same score at the Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their trip Saturday.

Arizona, which has played one of its past five games at home, practiced in Montreal on Tuesday and had a day off Wednesday.

"Well we've been on the road for a bit now and we've got a couple more games on this road trip, so it was good, especially after two games where we haven't been as good," said Doan, who will play his 1,413th game Thursday. "You need to sometimes just get your mind in the right spot. Hopefully it works."

Posted On Monday, 11.16.2015 / 2:06 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Three weeks ago, the Vancouver Canucks put an emphatic end to the Montreal Canadiens' bid to match the NHL record for the longest winning streak to start a season.

On Monday at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; SNP, RDS, SNE), Vancouver will face a Montreal team that gave up a season-high in goals in a 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Canucks coach Willie Desjardins expects the Canadiens will have plenty of motivation to respond to their losses to Colorado and Vancouver.

"They're a good team, they were on a good stretch when we ran into them," Desjardins said after the Canucks held an optional morning skate. "Lots of speed, like lots and lots of speed. They have a lot of different weapons from different spots in their lineup. All their lines have contributed and they have a good back end too, they can score off their back end. So they're a good team in all facets of the game."

Posted On Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 2:34 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Colorado Avalanche will be without left wing Gabriel Landeskog when they try to continue their strong start to a seven-game road trip against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SN, ALT).

Landeskog, Colorado's captain, was assessed a two-game suspension by the NHL on Friday for his blindside hit to the head of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand on Thursday.

"Obviously it [stinks] to have your captain out and one of your best players, but we've got to move on," Avalanche forward Matt Duchene said.

Duchene and center Nathan MacKinnon will start the game with Mikhail Grigorenko on their line at left wing in place of Landeskog, who was given a match penalty for his second-period hit on Marchand.

Posted On Saturday, 11.07.2015 / 2:20 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano will make his NHL debut Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA Sports, SN, NESN).

Vatrano was recalled Friday from Providence of the American Hockey League. The 21-year-old native of East Longmeadow, Mass., led the AHL with 10 goals in 10 games, and was third in the league with 12 points.

"I'm going to see what he's going to give us tonight," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "Obviously he's had a good start in the American (Hockey) League, but we know he shoots the puck well, he's a straight-line forward, so he's got an opportunity with the great start that he had in Providence to come in here and see if he can help us."

Posted On Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 1:17 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- New York Islanders captain John Tavares will be back in the lineup against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Tavares missed three games because of an illness but still leads the Islanders in scoring with five goals, six assists and 11 points in 10 games.

"I weighed myself [Wednesday] and I was about three pounds light still," Tavares said after New York held an optional skate. "I certainly had a little extra dessert [Wednesday] night. Feeling good and excited to get back at it."

Tavares said he started to feel sick when he got to the rink Saturday.

Posted On Tuesday, 11.03.2015 / 2:16 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Ottawa Senators will have two key forwards back in their lineup against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday, when leading scorer Mark Stone begins serving his two-game suspension.

Stone, who leads Ottawa with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists), was suspended by the NHL on Monday for his hit to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Landon Ferraro in the Senators' 5-3 loss Saturday.

"I don't agree with it," Stone said Tuesday. "I thought I did a good job explaining myself. It's tough considering the history of my game, the type of player I am and the things I do. So it's disappointing."

Left wing Mike Hoffman and right wing Curtis Lazar will return from their injuries and line up with center Kyle Turris against Montreal.

Lazar was sidelined for three games because of a concussion he sustained Oct. 24 on a hit by Arizona Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek.

Posted On Sunday, 11.01.2015 / 2:00 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Jets at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens are going to find out how good they are without goalie Carey Price in the lineup when they begin a four-game home stand against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell Centre on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, SN1, RDS).

Rookie goalie Mike Condon will start against Winnipeg in place of Price, who is sidelined for a week because of a lower-body injury. Montreal coach Michel Therrien said Price sustained the injury Thursday during the Canadiens' 4-3 loss at the Edmonton Oilers.

"We know Price is going to work hard to get back in the lineup and, for us, we can't worry about that," Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher said after the morning skate at the team's suburban practice facility. "We have a game to worry about but we understand; we have a guy very capable of stepping in and doing the job for the time being. Obviously you can't replace the best player in the world, but (Condon) is going to come in, he's going to do the job and we're going to have to play well in front of him to help him out."

Posted On Saturday, 10.24.2015 / 2:22 PM

By Sean Farrell - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens have yet to lose this season, so it's no surprise that coach Michel Therrien likely will use the same skaters that he has in every game as Montreal looks for its ninth-straight win when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell Centre on Saturday (7 p.m., ET; CBC, TVA Sports).

Montreal (8-0-0), which did not have a morning skate, is two wins shy of matching the NHL record for most wins to begin a season of 10 set by the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres.

The Canadiens have an opportunity to set a League record for the most consecutive regulations wins to start a season. They tied the mark of eight set by the 1975-76 Sabres with a 7-2 win at Buffalo on Friday.

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