Montreal Canadiens 2014 News and Updates
4/8/14 – The Habs locked up a postseason berth with five games remaining; but, there are still three pivotal games left on the Montreal Canadiens schedule as they fight for home-ice advantage in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Any combination of Habs’ wins and Tampa Bay Lightning losses adding up to two, will give Montreal the second seed in the Atlantic Division and thus home-ice advantage. Cheer on the Canadiens in their final two home games – Thursday vs. New York Islanders (min. $57) and Saturday vs. New York Rangers (min. $118). Your support could be the difference in the number of home matches that the Habs will play at Bell Centre-QC during the postseason.
4/2/14 – Thanks to losses by New Jersey and Washington, the Canadiens clinched a postseason berth Tuesday night. The news came the same evening Montreal dropped a 1-3 game to Tampa Bay, ending a five-game winning streak. Now tied for second with the Lightning in the Atlantic Division, the April 2 matchup was a likely preview of the first round of the NHL playoffs where the No.2 and No.3 teams in each division meet. With home-ice advantage on the line, the Canadiens will look to finish off the regular-season strong.
3/27/14 – Montreal has played three games in four nights and won out with victories at Toronto Saturday, against rival Boston, and in front of a home crowd over Buffalo. The Canadiens will look to use their momentum on their upcoming four-game road trip. Montreal’s shutout win over the Sabres was not only a confidence booster but also a special night for two players - Max Pacioretty who scored his 100th career goal and former Sabre Daniel Briere who added another.
3/18/14 – Former Canadien goalie Patrick Roy returned to Montreal’s Bell Centre Tuesday as the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. With just six regular-season games remaining at home, the Montreal Canadiens are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 81 points. After winning a pair of games this weekend, the Candiens greatly improved their playoff position (in wild-card spot following previous three game losing streak). In the 13 games remaining on the Montreal Canadiens schedule, the teams has to book 11 points to be sure of a playoff berth for the second consecutive year. If the NHL Playoffs started today, the Habs would face Tampa Bay in the first round.
3/10/14 - The Habs gave up prospect Sebastien Collberg and a conditional second-round pick to get Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders Wednesday. The high-scoring left wing had 21 goals and 32 assists in 60 games and was the most sought after player during the 2014 trade deadline. Montreal, currently third in the East, have to make the postseason for picks to exchange hands. The Candiens were shut out by the San Jose Sharks Saturday night and will look to get back on track against the newly best-in-the-East, Boston Bruins. Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins tickets are the most expensive regular-season game remaining at Bell Centre-QC, averaging $257.
3/3/14 – We’re not sure if regulation time is in the Canadiens’ vocabulary as of late. Montreal has played in two overtime games and participated in one shootout since the Olympic break, winning the last two against Pittsburgh and Toronto (in that order) in dramatic fashion. If history is to repeat itself, Montreal Canadiens’ fans are in for a real treat as the likelihood for more hockey than what you paid for is high. Unfortunately that chance won’t come until Mar 12 as Montreal will play their next four on the road against Pacific Division foes – Los Angeles (3/3), Anaheim (3/5), Phoenix (3/6), and San Jose (3/8).
2/26/14 - OK now we are talking - Montreal will hope Team Canada goaltender Carey Price continues where he left off in the Olympics as the team sits in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division and with a nice run could wrestle away first from Boston who they play March 12 at home and March 24 in Boston. Montreal Canadiens tickets for these must-see game start at just over $100 each. Montreal’s defense has been strong this season ranking as sixth best in Goals Against and third best in Penalty Kill Pct. Could it be a playoff preview?
2/21/14 – Seven Montreal Canadiens players represented their respective countries in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics - Peter Budaj, Max Pacioretty, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, P.K. Subban, and Carey Price. The rest of the roster returned to the ice Wednesday for practice following a 10-day break. Winger Travis Moen hopes to return when league play resumes; Moen missed Montreal's last two games before the break with a lower-body injury. Forward Alex Galchenyuk is also looking forward to his return after missing 15 games with a fractured hand. Montreal’s first game back at the Bell Centre-QC is next Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings; Montreal Canadiens tickets start at $66 for the Atlantic Division showdown.
2/4/14 – In a trade with Vancouver yesterday, the Canadiens picked up Dale Weise in exchange for Raphael Diaz. The Forward had three goals, nine assists, and twelve points in forty-four games for Vancouver this year and will bring a rough-and-tough physical style of play to Montreal. The two teams will face each other Thursday night at the Bell Centre-QC; Vancouver Canucks vs. Montreal Canadiens tickets range from $66 - $378. Tonight’s game in Montreal versus the Calgary Flames is slightly cheaper, averaging $143 with a $48 get-in.
1/29/14 – Montreal’s win Tuesday night ended a season-high four-game losing streak. Carey Prices (2.44 GAA) stopped 36 shots for his third shutout of the year to halt Carolina’s four-game win streak. With six games to be played before the Olympics break (four at home), the Habs will look to improve their record in which they have won just four times in regulation in the last 22 games. The Canadiens should look to add a scorer and defenseman to their roster before the trade deadline in hopes of competing for a playoff spot. Montreal Canadiens tickets are averaging $243 for remaining 2014 games, sixth most expensive in the NHL.
Montreal Canadiens 2013-2014 Season
Although the Montreal Canadiens finished on top of the Northeast Division last season, they exited early from the NHL Playoffs. As a No. 2 seed they were outplayed by the Ottawa Senators who advanced to the second round after a 6-1 victory in Game 5. The Montreal Canadiens roster did not see much activity this offseason; the signing of George Parros and Daniel Briere are the two notable additions.
… moreCan the Canadiens stay competitive with the addition of the Detroit Red Wings to an already competitive Division?
As a member of the Original Six, the Montreal Canadiens have some of the most historic rivalries in the NHL. Like the New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox, the Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins rivalry is considered “one of the greatest rivalries in sports.” The two inaugural teams have played each other more times than any of the other NHL teams. Of the two regular season matchups in Montreal between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, Canadiens tickets to the mid-Match game are the cheapest (avg. $239). The Montreal Canadiens will open the regular season at Bell Centre-QC against the Toronto Maple Leafs in what is known to be the oldest NHL rivalry. Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs tickets to the home opener are averaging $331, the most expensive game between the two teams in Montreal this season.
Two of the four most expensive games at Bell Centre-QC will be played against the newest member of the Eastern Conference – Detroit Red Wings. Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings tickets are averaging $349 (4/5) and $342 (2/26). The most expensive game this season will be played against another Original Six member and Stanley Cup Champs Chicago Blackhawks on 1/11 (avg. $365). Montreal Canadiens tickets this season are currently averaging $207, a similar price to last year which was $209.