RELEASED: 2017-18 Montreal Canadiens Schedule

2017-18

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The National Hockey League (NHL) released its schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 schedule in full on Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday, the league and its 31 member teams released the dates and opponents for their home openers. Throughout the week, pre-season schedules were slowly being published by each team.

Preseason

The Habs are set to play eight preseason matches in 13 days, with very little travel to be scheduled.

Mon, Sept. 18 @ 7:00pm ET - @ Boston Bruins (Quebec City, QC)
Tue, Sept. 19 @ 7:00pm ET - vs. Washington Capitals
Thu, Sept. 21 @ 7:00pm ET - vs. New Jersey Devils
Sat, Sept. 23 @ 7:00pm ET - @ Ottawa Senators
Mon, Sept. 25 @ 7:00pm ET - @ Toronto Maple Leafs
Wed, Sept. 27 @ 7:00pm ET - vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Quebec City, QC)
Fri, Sept. 29 @ 7:00pm ET - vs. Florida Panthers
Sat, Sept. 30 @ 7:00pm ET - vs. Ottawa Senators

Openers

The Canadiens will open their 2017-18 campaign on Thursday, Oct. 5 against the Buffalo Sabres. This will be one of two times that Montreal will be the visitors in another teams’ home opener this season, with the Washington Capitals on Saturday, Oct. 7 as the other one.

Montreal will look to improve their all-time record against Buffalo this season. As it currently stands, Buffalo leads the season series with a 143-136-31 record. The Haps have only won 53 of 154 games in Buffalo, N.Y.

In terms of the home opener, the Chicago Blackhawks will come to town on Tuesday, Oct. 10 to open the Bell Centre for the 2017-18 season.

The Habs have historically had far greater success against Chicago with a 353-186-105 all-time record. Also, an outstanding 72.5% home winning percentage to add to that.

This will be the fourth consecutive season that the Canadiens open their season on the road. The 2017-18 season also marks the second straight season that the Habs will begin play in Buffalo; third time in the last ten years.

Outdoor Game

The Habs will head over the Ontario-Quebec border to Ottawa to participate in an outdoor game. Titled the “NHL 100 Classic”, two rivals will square off in the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.

NHL 100 Classic is set to play at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Ont. on Dec. 16, 2017.

This will be the first outdoor game for the Canadiens since they defeated the Boston Bruins 5-1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. during the 2016 NHL Winter Classic.

The 2017-18 outdoor game is meant to celebrate the first ever meeting between two of the league’s original teams – the Canadiens and the old Ottawa Senators.

Playoff Re-Match

Last season, the Canadiens won the Atlantic Division and qualified for the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. Unfortunately for Montreal, they fell to Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers in six games.

Montreal will get their first shot at revenge by victory early in the season at Madison Square Garden in New York City at 7:00pm ET on Sun, Oct. 8, 2017.

Meeting the New Franchise

Vegas Golden Knights

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The 2017-18 season is most known for being the inaugural season for the NHL’s newest franchise – the Vegas Golden Knights.

Being in opposite conferences, the two teams will only face each other twice per year. Once in Paradise, Nevada and once in Montreal, Quebec.

Vegas will host the Habs for the first time at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

Former-Hab Alexei Emelin and the Golden Knights will make their first visit to the Bell Centre on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Defending Stanley Cup Champions

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into the 2017-18 season as back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions.

Pittsburgh and Montreal will meet three times over the course of the season. Two games will be played in Pittsburgh only ten days apart – March 21st and March 31st, 2018. One game will be hosted in the Bell Centre on March 15th, 2018.


The entire preseason and regular season schedules for the Montreal Canadiens upcoming 2017-18 NHL season can be found by clicking: HERE

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