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The wait is over

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – The Canadiens’ 2015-16 schedule is now available, so get your Sharpies ready to circle a few important dates.

After playing seven exhibition games between September 22 and October 3, the 2015-16 campaign will officially get underway on October 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. It will be the seventh straight year that the Canadiens will battle their Original Six rivals on opening night.

That contest will mark the first extended road swing of the season, as the Canadiens will visit Boston (October 10), Ottawa (October 11) and Pittsburgh (October 13) over the course of seven days.

Michel Therrien’s troops will then make their Bell Centre debut on Thursday, October 15 against the New York Rangers.

While the Canadiens will be spending the majority of the month of October on the road, they’ll be privy to a friendly calendar come November. Nine of their 13 games that month will be played in Montreal.

After playing six of their first eight games in the month of December on home ice as well, the CH will leave the Bell Centre behind for 19 days between December 18 and January 5. They’ll head to Florida for their traditional post-Christmas tilts against the Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Then, they’ll ring in the New Year with the Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

In January, the Canadiens go up against the reigning Stanley Cup champions twice in the span of four days. The likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Corey Crawford will be in Montreal on January 14, before the Canadiens take to the ice at the United Center on January 17.

The Canadiens’ traditional Family Weekend games are scheduled for February 6 and 7 with afternoon games against the Edmonton Oilers and the Carolina Hurricanes.

The month of March will be the Canadiens’ busiest stretch of the year. Therrien’s squad will play 15 games in 31 days, including two games each against the Anaheim Ducks, the Buffalo Sabres and the Detroit Red Wings.

Finally, the Canadiens will close out the regular season on Saturday, April 10 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre.

Click here to see the Canadiens’ 2015-16 regular season schedule.

- canadiens.com

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