Preseason wraps up with back-to-back games against Senators

With two exhibition games remaining against the Senators, Wednesday night in Ottawa and Thursday night at the Bell Centre, Michel Therrien is taking two different approaches.

Both games start at 7:30 p.m. and will be on RDS and TSN Radio 690. Mike Boone will make the trip to Ottawa with The Gazette’s Pat Hickey on Wednesday night and will be blogging live during the game on HIO.

On Thursday, the Canadiens coach will give the local fans a chance to see the lineup he expects to use on opening night Oct. 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and that means captain Brian Gionta will make his only preseason appearance that night after recovering from biceps surgery.

For Wednesday’s game, Therrien said he still has some youngsters he wants to look at, but he’s also concerned about not tiring out one of his veterans. Michael Bournival, who is pushing for a job, will probably be in the lineup Wednesday. There might be an opening for the 21-year-old because off-season acquisition George Parros is still recovering from shoulder surgery and is unlikely to be ready for the season opener.

Other players who might get a look Wednesday are Patrick Holland, Nathan Beaulieu, Gabriel Dumont, Magnus Nygren and Christian Thomas. Peter Budaj will get the start in goal.

“It’s important that Peter plays a full game and it will happen tomorrow,” Therrien said.

Tuesday’s practice ended with a lighthearted shootout competition in which assistant coach Gerard Gallant, who scored 211 goals during his NHL career, went top shelf twice to beat Budaj and Carey Price.

You can watch Gallant’s shootout moves by clicking here.

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Briere enjoying spot on power play, by Pat Hickey

Price hoping for consistent season, by Dave Stubbs

24CH returning for a second season, by Brendan Kelly of The Gazette

Power play finally clicks for Canadiens, by Pat Hickey

Price and Brodeur discuss goalie fights, by Dave Stubbs

Pacioretty a difference maker,


  1. yakhab says:

    If – IF’S &BUTS – were fruits & nuts
    Whatever would the monkeys eat !

  2. frontenac1 says:

    @floridahabs. Chicago has loads of guys on the farm in Rockford who can scrap. I posted one of their bench clearing brawls the other day. Why don’t the Habs bring up some enforcers from the farm for some preseason auditions instead of relying on Prust all the time?

  3. Bripro says:

    Retirement discussions on RDS.
    – Jesse Belanger has hung up the skates, refusing to play in the KHL
    – Jose Theodore is optimistic that he’ll be playing. Perhaps in Pittsburg, depending on the status of Vokoun’s injury.
    – Simon Gagné was interviewed while working out with the Quebec Ramparts. He’s been getting feedback from his agent, stating that there might be a team interested in his services.
    All have stated that they’re victims of the new cap.

  4. Sportfan says:

    Lol Vladys first homer ever listen to the announcer XD

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  5. Propwash says:

    Ted Bird spoofs Doug Gilmour’s Nofkintablet commercial.
    Caution, lotsa swearing.


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