TSN regional adds 30 Habs games


TSN announced today their schedule for Canadiens regional telecasts and with those 30 additional games, they will be producing a total of 45 Habs games this season, starting with the Sept. 29 preseason game against the Lightning later this month.

These 30 additional games will be available to fans in the team’s broadcast region, including Quebec, Atlantic Canada and parts of Eastern Ontario.

In their press release, TSN confirmed today that Shaw Direct has signed on to carry the regional channel this season. The games will be available to Shaw Direct customers on Channels 448 and 392 in High Definition and on Channel 135 and 467 in Standard Definition. TSN’s regional Canadiens games continue to be available on Bell TV on channels 1402 in HD and 402 in SD.

It does not appear that there is any change from last season in the situation for Videotron customers; at this time, it seems the regional games won’t be seen on those systems. All the Habs games, of course, remain on RDS.

As was the case last season, announcers Dave Randorf and former Canadiens forward Mike Johnson will work most of the TSN regional games.

The 30 Habs games are an increase in the 24 that were televised regionally last season. The 15 on TSN are a drop of one from last season’s 16.

Here is the complete schedule of TSN games and where they can be found. All times are Eastern.


* Thursday, Sept. 29 Tampa Bay @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. TSN


* Thursday, Oct. 13 Calgary @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Tuesday, Oct. 18 Buffalo @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. TSN
* Thursday, Oct. 20 Montreal @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. RGNL
* Wednesday, Oct. 26 Philadelphia @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. TSN
* Thursday, Oct. 27 Montreal @ Boston, 7 p.m. RGNL


* Friday, Nov. 4 Montreal @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Tuesday, Nov. 8 Edmonton @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Monday, Nov. 14 Buffalo @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Wednesday, Nov. 16 Carolina @ Montreal 7 p.m. TSN
* Monday, Nov. 21 Boston @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Friday, Nov. 25 Montreal @Philadelphia, 1 p.m. RGNL


* Thursday, Dec. 8 Vancouver @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Tuesday, Dec. 13 NY Islanders @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Thursday, Dec. 15 Philadelphia @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. TSN
* Wednesday, Dec. 19 Montreal @ Boston, 7 p.m. RGNL
* Wednesday, Dec. 21 Montreal @ Chicago, 7:30 p.m. TSN
* Thursday, Dec. 22 Montreal @ Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. RGNL
* Tuesday, Dec. 27 Montreal @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Thursday, Dec. 29 Montreal @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. RGNL


* Wednesday, Jan. 4 Winnipeg @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. TSN
* Tuesday, Jan. 10 St. Louis @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Thursday, Jan. 12 Montreal @ Boston, 7 p.m. TSN
* Tuesday, Jan. 15 NY Rangers @ Montreal, 7 p.m. RGNL
* Wednesday, Jan. 18 Washington @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. TSN
* Friday, Jan. 20 Montreal @ Pittsburgh. 7 p.m. RGNL
* Wednesday, Jan. 25 Detroit @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. TSN
* Tuesday, Jan. 31 Buffalo @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL


* Thursday, Feb. 2 Montreal @ New Jersey, 7 p.m. RGNL
* Tuesday, Feb. 7 Pittsburgh @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Wednesday, Feb. 13 Carolina @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Wednesday, Feb. 15 Boston @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. TSN
* Friday, Feb. 17 Montreal @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Tuesday, Feb. 21 Dallas @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Sunday, Feb. 26 Montreal @ Florida, 5 p.m. RGNL
* Tuesday, Feb. 28 Montreal @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. RGNL


* Tuesday, Mar. 6 Montreal @ Calgary, 9 p.m. RGNL
* Thursday, Mar. 8 Montreal @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. RGNL
* Monday, Mar. 12 Montreal @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. TSN
* Wednesday, Mar. 14 Ottawa @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. TSN
* Friday, Mar. 23 Ottawa @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Tuesday, Mar. 27 Florida @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. RGNL
* Friday, Mar. 30 Montreal @ NY Rangers. 7:30 p.m. TSN


* Wednesday, Apr. 4 Tampa Bay @ Montreal, 7:30 pm TSN
* Thursday, Apr. 5 Montreal @ Carolina, 7:30 p.m. RGNL


  1. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I read somewhere a few months back that the Lightning and Canadiens were going to play a pre-season game in Quebec City. Whatever happened to that idea, I thought it was a done-deal?

  2. The Big O says:

    what about Rogers customers in Ont??

    • Exit716 says:

      I think us good Rogers customers are out of luck. I love Rogers sports packages. You have to take every one to get Centre Ice….What a rip off.

      • Lecoach says:

        I don’t understand why any anglo living in Quebec would continue to purchase their TV service from Videotron..they have absolutely no concern or respect for the needs of their english speaking customers.
        They still won’t carry the TSN regional chanel which will now offer 30 Habs games and they pulled the same crap with Sportsnet One and the forty or so Jays games they offer…Some may jump in and say Videotron is only behaving this way because Bell owns TSN…REALLY??? Can you just imagine Videotron refusing to carry a Bell owned channel which carried 30 Habs games in FRENCH??? Not a chance…
        I live in Toronto. I wont have access to this free channel anyway…But what this channel means to me is that i will see those 30 TSN regional games on my Centre Ice package instead of having to watch the opponents telecast… I have RDS HD in my package and they do an amazing job….On Saturday nights, when the choice is between Bob Cole and Pierre Houde i am absolutely tuned into RDS…But sadly, 40 years after choosing the 401 over 101,
        my french comprehension isn’t that great… so, other than when Bob Cole is the english choice, i an more comfortable in english… and if you are an anglo Quebecer you shouldn’t be denied by Videotron.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Subscribe to a Rogers package called “Variete”. RDS is included which means all Habs games are available.

  3. nickster13 says:

    Question: I am abroad(korea) for the year. How can i watch games?? I mean via online, is there a site that streams the games? I dont mind if i have to pay if it means i get a better quality signal. Thanks!

  4. Bripro says:

    I think that’s the most english coverage of the Habs’ games since CBC HQ moved to Toronto.
    I used to love those Wednesday and Saturday night games.
    And the Kraft smoothy peanut butter commercials.
    Dick and Dan at the microphones.
    “A Tannonnanning shot!”

  5. PeterStastny26 says:

    The following has nothing to do with the article, but I wanted to give my two cents on the forwards situation heading into camp. Like others, I’ve been playing coach and imagining fantasy line-ups with specific line combinations. It was fun, but quite useless, since there’s meant to be a lot of shuffling during the season. I thought a more interesting exercice would be to look at the different possibilities the personnel offers. I also wanted your thoughts on a solution I propose for what I see as a lack of depth down the middle.

    Top-half :. Gomez and Plekanec are fixtures at center. So are Cole and Gionta on the right side (I know Cole is sometimes listed as a LW, but he never enjoyed any success there and pointed out right after the singing that he wants to play RW). Cammalleri is also clearly up there, on the left (by default), even tough he can play both sides of center. Pacioretty seems to have the edge on the other LW spot, but Kostitsyn (who can play on both wings like Cammy) is also in the run. One of those two’s gonna up in the bottom half of the line-up with the following forwards.

    Bottom-half :. Eller’s gonna play center on one of the bottom lines, as his stint on the wing last season wasn’t conclusive, and he won’t dethrone Pleky or Gomez (if only for salary reasons). On the wings are gonna be AK47 (or MaxPac), Moen and Darche (on either side), and also White (on the right side – only position he played as a pro).

    The one remaining regular is Desharnais, a natural center who, according to most, can/should play left wing. While I like the idea, mainly because it would give Jacques Martin much more options to play with, it would leave a hole at center on one of the bottom-2 lines, and I fail to see anyone at the pro level of the organization who could fill the void without hurting the team. Engvist? In the 3 games he played last season, he didn’t seem very comfortable in the big show. In fact, he looked a bit out of place, definitely a notch or two below the others. Scratching a regular – Moen, Darche or White – in favor of Engvist (so DD can be moved to the left) would undoubtedly diminish the overall quality of the players at the coach’s disposal. Consequently, there is a need to add a center that is at least on the same level as those three, so JM can shuffle its cards (like we all know he will) without weakening the line-up.

    My solution: sign John Madden to a less-than-a-million one-year contract. Typical JM player. Savvy veteran shutdown pivot, outstanding penalty-killer (wich would give Pleky some slack), can chip in offensively, great speed, sound fundamentals, excellent work ethic, tons of playoff experience (3 rings) and a regular with Chicago when they won it all a season ago.

    Engvist, Palushaj, Trotter and others are likely gonna be counted on at some point anyway. There’s gonna be injuries. I don’t see the upside in leaving holes on the roster for them to fill. They’re not premier prospects. Let them steal a spot from a veteran if they can. There is 4M in cap space. The team can afford it. Add some depth.

    Your thoughts?

    • HardHabits says:

      Needs Tweaking™.

    • Guy-Guy-Guy says:

      My two cents, with line names to boot;

      Smurfs v2.0: Cammaleri, Plekanec, Gionta
      Big Money: Kostitsyn, Gomez, Cole
      Young guns: Desharnais, Eller, Pacioretty
      Grinders: Moen, White, Darche

      This way you put all the productive offensive players in one line. Plekanec and Gionta play a great two-way game, Cammy not so much, but he’s got the best scoring hands on the team.

      Cole / AK46 are savy veteran players and big bodies and offensive flair. Should complement Gomez’s passing well.

      Young guns… Eller has to be 3rd line center. If he falters, DD can take the spot, but the line chemistry remains intact as the same players play together. Two big bodies to create space for DD. DD and Patches are proven to play well together. This would be a secondary scoring line.

      The grinders just there to hit, kill penalties and keep the forecheck pressure up. These guys can do that nicely. Not a lot of goals to expect here though…

    • Tony McLean says:

      Gomez. Cripes.

      You have two choices: Break Chara’s nose and win or grab your ankles and lose. There are no other choices. Make a choice.

    • A few good points there,
      but it doesn’t matter who the Habs have up front because Martin won’t let them play offense anyway,
      he didn’t let the Sens play offense and look what happened .
      Bring back Jacque Demers.

      Go Habs Go

  6. ganized says:

    Does anyone know why TSN no longer makes their NHL games available for viewing VOD as they do CFL games? They used to make games available for 24 hours but not anymore. Wonder why they quit that.

  7. Say Ash says:

    Does anybody in the west have high-def RDS?

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