2:32 AM EDT, Thu September 20, 2018
4 hours ago
TSM: Learning Curve

TSM: Learning Curve

The Canadiens got a good test versus an NHL lineup, and a few of the young players made great impressions under the pressure. For our new readers and members, the Top Six Minutes is a continuation of the discussion in the game thread. We try to keep it light and entertaining. Full recaps are up the morning after every game. Pre-Game Thoughts As of this moment, your Montreal Canadiens are STILL UNDEFEATED. Let’s relish in that. First Period We are playing Max Domi as top-line Centre. Cool, fine, nothing ironic about that AT ALL. Florida sent grown-ups, meanwhile most of our roster was...
4 hours ago
[Highlight] Peca chips the puck to himself, sets up Scherbak’s goal

[Highlight] Peca chips the puck to himself, sets up Scherbak’s goal

Peca has a two-point night in Montreal. He scored a fortuitous goal from an attempted pass in the first, but there was nothing lucky about the performance from Matthew Peca as he set up Nikita Scherbak for the Canadiens’ second goal of the game. An incredible effort by Matthew Peca leads to him setting up Nikita Scherbak's first goal of the preseason. pic.twitter.com/gmOOUXFZ75— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) September 20, 2018
5 hours ago
[Highlight] Carey Price slides across to make a great glove save

[Highlight] Carey Price slides across to make a great glove save

It looks like Price is ready for the new season. Just before ending his night’s work in his first pre-season game, Carey Price put on a bit of a show for the fans in attendance. "Nope"-Carey Price pic.twitter.com/wqHBG1B18j— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) September 20, 2018
6 hours ago
[Highlight] Peca attempts a pass, but scores instead

[Highlight] Peca attempts a pass, but scores instead

The Habs get back into a game in which they were seemingly outmatched. Well it wasn’t exactly the way he envisioned it, but Matthew Peca puts Montreal on the board with a pinball goal to make it a 2-1 game. Matthew Peca: Big fan of The Who's "Pinball Wizard" with this goal pic.twitter.com/Wj2KvRt8oY— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) September 20, 2018
9 hours ago
Canadiens vs. Panthers: Game thread

Canadiens vs. Panthers: Game thread

Florida arrives in town with most of its NHL roster in tow. The Montreal Canadiens faced a New Jersey Devils team missing top players Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier on Monday night. On Wednesday, the Habs will face the very best of what the Florida Panthers have to offer. Led by newly named captain Aleksander Barkov, the Panthers’ top seven scorers from last season will be on the ice at the Bell Centre, including top defencemen Keith Yandle and Aaron Ekblad. Roberto Luongo also makes the trip back to his hometown, and while it’s unlikely he plays the full game, he should get into the...
11 hours ago
Pre-season Game 2: Habs vs. Panthers

Pre-season Game 2: Habs vs. Panthers

It’s the second unit’s turn to take to the Bell Centre ice tonight.
16 hours ago
Habs lineup vs Panthers: Domi, Suzuki, Peca make debuts

Habs lineup vs Panthers: Domi, Suzuki, Peca make debuts

Fans at the Bell Centre will catch a glimpse of some new faces The Montreal Canadiens announced the lineup that will take to the ice tonight against the Florida Panthers, and Nick Suzuki and Matthew Peca are among the players making their Canadiens debuts. Voici les alignements pour le match de mercredi soir contre les Panthers de la Floride au Centre Bell.Here are the lineups for Wednesday night's game between the Canadiens and the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre. #GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/xdSvbsXULm— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 19, 2018 Carey Price is dressed...
22 hours ago
Links: Jesperi Kotkaniemi flying high

Links: Jesperi Kotkaniemi flying high

In today’s links, all eyes are still on Kotkaniemi after his pre-season debut, Nicolas Deslauriers will be out indefinitely, perhaps opening a door for Matthew Peca, and has the “C” lost its importance in the modern NHL? Montreal Canadiens news and notes Jesperi Kotkaniemi gives Habs fans a reason to smile ... [Montreal Gazette] ... and has passed his first test with flying colours. [Sportsnet] The young Finn has been a master at proving himself at the earliest opportunity... [The Athletic] ...but should the young Finn make the NHL jump this season? [ProHockeyTalk] Marc Bergevin...
Sep 18, 2018
[Injury Report] Deslauriers out indefinitely with facial fracture

[Injury Report] Deslauriers out indefinitely with facial fracture

Deslauriers’ last action was a fight in the first period of Monday night’s game. After a fight with New Jersey Devils forward Brandon Baddock in the first period, Nicolas Deslauriers has been ruled out for the remainder of the Montreal Canadiens’ first pre-season game. L'attaquant Nicolas Deslauriers ne reviendra pas au jeu ce soir (haut du corps).Forward Nicolas Deslauriers will not return tonight (upper body).— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) September 18, 2018 With the fight occurring near the end of the opening frame, Deslauriers was escorted to the room right away....
Sep 18, 2018
Kotkaniemi’s first goal caps third period comeback

Kotkaniemi’s first goal caps third period comeback

Three goals in 1:32 gave the Canadiens a win in their first game of the pre-season. Through two periods, it was one of those games. Trailing 1-0, the Montreal Canadiens didn’t have much life to them in their pre-season opener against the New Jersey Devils. NaturalStatTrick.com But three goals in 1:32 changed all of that and earned them a 3-1 win at the Bell Centre on Monday night. It was an inauspicious start for the Canadiens. On their second power play of the first period, camp try out Simon Desprès had his pass intercepted by Blake Speers who beat Antti Niemi on...
Sep 18, 2018
Links: One down, here's to many more

Links: One down, here's to many more

Jesperi Kotkaniemi scores his first goal at the Bell Centre, Muller gets a contract extension, and the preseason is officially underway! Montreal Canadiens News and Notes In the morning, Jesperi Kotkaniemi said he wanted to show the Habs what he was made of. In the evening he certainly helped his case. [Canadiens] It doesn't technically count, but Kotkaniemi scored his first goal at the Bell Centre. [Twitter] Ce moment où tu inscris ton premier but au Centre Bell.That "just scored your first goal at the Bell Centre" smile. #GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/thTGX8wABx— Canadiens Montréal...
Sep 17, 2018
TSM: Hockey is back and it’s fun!

TSM: Hockey is back and it’s fun!

The Canadiens put two sloppy periods behind them with a goal explosion in the third. For our new readers and members, the Top Six Minutes is a continuation of the discussion in the game thread. We try to keep it light and entertaining. Full recaps are up the morning after every game. Pre-Game Thoughts Welcome to the first game of the pre-build...I mean re-build...I mean pre-season. First Period Tatar is starting off great, I mean its one minute into game one of the pre-season, but still. Alzner in the 27...NOPE. TOO SOON KARL, TOO SOON. Kotkaniemi is adding a little of something nice. It...
Sep 17, 2018
Kotkaniemi gets his first goal in front of the Bell Centre crowd

Kotkaniemi gets his first goal in front of the Bell Centre crowd

The third overall pick in 2018 notched a goal in his first NHL pre-season game. The goals were coming quickly to open the third, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi capped off a three-goal outburst with one of his own. THE EAGLE HAS LANDED Kotkaniemi with his first in a Habs uniform pic.twitter.com/hVSkd5gy9G— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) September 18, 2018
Sep 17, 2018
Hudon makes it two goals in quick succession

Hudon makes it two goals in quick succession

Shortly after Mete’s goal, Hudon pounces on a broken play to give the Canadiens the lead. Moments after Victor Mete made it a tie game, Charles Hudon intercepts a pass from New Jersey Devils netminder Mackenzie Blackwood and fires it in from a sharp angle. All goals count the same, Hudon scores from a terrible angle on Blackwood pic.twitter.com/URENrwnRVI— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) September 18, 2018
Sep 17, 2018
[Highlight] Mete scores the Canadiens’ first goal of the pre-season

[Highlight] Mete scores the Canadiens’ first goal of the pre-season

A pinch from the point placed Mete right in front of the net for a short-range shot. Victor Mete had been looking very good in defensive duties with Noah Juulsen in the first pre-season game, and was quarterbacking the first unit of the power play as well. In the third period, he got rewarded with a goal, thanks to a timely pinch into open ice in front of the crease. Victor Mete sneaks in from the point and Michael Chaput gives him a perfect set up for a #Habs goal pic.twitter.com/DKumGWgTsO— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) September 18, 2018