Habs open 100th season vs. Sabres

September 14, 2009, 9:00 AM

SPORTSNET.CA — The Montreal Canadiens and the NHL today released the schedule for the 2008-09 season. The team will open the season on the road, facing the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, October 10. The Canadiens’ home opener at the Bell Centre will be on Wednesday, October 15 against the Boston Bruins. The Canadiens’ regular season will end on Saturday, April 11 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, at the Bell Centre, wrapping up an 82-game schedule covering 184 days.

All weeknight games at the Bell Centre will start at 7:30 p.m. The traditional Saturday night home games will start at 7:00 p.m. with the exception of four weekend afternoon games; Sunday, January 4 against Florida (1:00 p.m.), Saturday, January 31 against Los Angeles (3:00 p.m.), Sunday, February 1st against Boston (3:00 p.m.), and Saturday, February 21 against Ottawa (3:00 p.m.). The January 31 and February 1st games will take place on Super Bowl weekend.

As the adjusted NHL calendar kicks in in 2008-09, the Canadiens will face their division rivals (Boston, Buffalo, Ottawa and Toronto) six times (24 games). Four games will be played against each of the other 10 teams from the Eastern Conference (40 games). The remaining 18 games will be played versus Western Conference teams for a minimum of one game against each of the 15 Western teams, plus three (3) “at large” games featuring Canadian rivals (Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton) to be played at the Bell Centre.

The Canadiens will play nine preseason games between September 22 and October 4, including five (5) games at the Bell Centre, as the team will host Ottawa, Florida, Detroit, Boston and Minnesota. Preseason games will be also be played in Halifax (September 22 vs Boston), in Roberval, Quebec featuring the Hockeyville promotion (September 23 vs Buffalo), in Detroit (September 24) and in Ottawa (September 27).

Top 5 must-see games

October 2008
Fri Oct 10, 2008 @ Sabres 7:30 PM
Sat Oct 11, 2008 @ Maple Leafs 7:00 PM
Mon Oct 13, 2008 @ Flyers 7:00 PM
Wed Oct 15, 2008 vs. Bruins 7:30 PM
Sat Oct 18, 2008 vs. Coyotes 7:00 PM
Mon Oct 20, 2008 vs. Panthers 7:30 PM
Sat Oct 25, 2008 vs. Ducks 7:00 PM
Tue Oct 28, 2008 vs. Hurricanes 7:30 PM
Thu Oct 30, 2008 @ Wild 8:00 PM

November 2008
Sat Nov 1, 2008 @ Islanders 7:00 PM
Fri Nov 7, 2008 @ Blue Jackets 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 8, 2008 @ Maple Leafs 7:00 PM
Tue Nov 11, 2008 vs. Senators 7:30 PM
Thu Nov 13, 2008 @ Bruins 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 15, 2008 vs. Flyers 7:00 PM
Sun Nov 16, 2008 @ Blues 6:00 PM
Tue Nov 18, 2008 @ Hurricanes 7:00 PM
Thu Nov 20, 2008 @ Senators 7:30 PM
Sat Nov 22, 2008 vs. Bruins 7:00 PM
Mon Nov 24, 2008 vs. Islanders 7:30 PM
Wed Nov 26, 2008 @ Red Wings 7:30 PM
Fri Nov 28, 2008 @ Capitals 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 29, 2008 vs. Sabres 7:00 PM

December 2008
Tue Dec 2, 2008 vs. Thrashers 7:30 PM
Thu Dec 4, 2008 vs. Rangers 7:00 PM
Sat Dec 6, 2008 vs. Devils 7:00 PM
Tue Dec 9, 2008 vs. Flames 7:30 PM
Thu Dec 11, 2008 vs. Lightning 7:30 PM
Sat Dec 13, 2008 vs. Capitals 7:00 PM
Tue Dec 16, 2008 @ Hurricanes 7:00 PM
Thu Dec 18, 2008 vs. Flyers 7:30 PM
Sat Dec 20, 2008 vs. Sabres 7:00 PM
Sun Dec 21, 2008 vs. Hurricanes 7:00 PM
Sat Dec 27, 2008 @ Penguins 7:00 PM
Mon Dec 29, 2008 @ Panthers 7:30 PM
Tue Dec 30, 2008 @Lightning 7:30 PM

January 2009
Fri Jan 2, 2009 @ Devils 7:00 PM
Sun Jan 4, 2009 vs. Panthers 1:00 PM
Wed Jan 7, 2009 @ Rangers 7:30 PM
Thu Jan 8, 2009 vs. Maple Leafs 7:30 PM
Sat Jan 10, 2009 vs. Capitals 7:00 PM
Tue Jan 13, 2009 @ Bruins 7:00 PM
Thu Jan 15, 2009 vs. Predators 7:30 PM
Sat Jan 17, 2009 @ Senators 7:00 PM
Tue Jan 20, 2009 @ Thrashers 7:00 PM
Wed Jan 21, 2009 @ Devils 7:00 PM
Tue Jan 27, 2009 @Lightning 7:30 PM
Thu Jan 29, 2009 @ Panthers 7:30 PM
Sat Jan 31, 2009 @ Kings 3:00 PM

February 2009
Sun Feb 1, 2009 vs. Bruins 3:00 PM
Tue Feb 3, 2009 vs. Penguins 7:30 PM
Fri Feb 6, 2009 @ Sabres 7:30 PM
Sat Feb 7, 2009 vs. Maple Leafs 7:00 PM
Mon Feb 9, 2009 @ Flames 9:00 PM
Wed Feb 11, 2009 @ Oilers 9:00 PM
Fri Feb 13, 2009 @ Avalanche 9:00 PM
Sun Feb 15, 2009 @ Canucks 10:00 PM
Wed Feb 18, 2009 @ Capitals 7:30 PM
Thu Feb 19, 2009 @ Penguins 7:00 PM
Sat Feb 21, 2009 vs. Senators 3:00 PM
Tue Feb 24, 2009 vs. Canucks 7:30 PM
Fri Feb 27, 2009 @ Flyers 7:00 PM
Sat Feb 28, 2009 vs. Sharks 7:00 PM

March 2009
Wed Mar 4, 2009 @ Sabres 7:30 PM
Fri Mar 6, 2009 @Thrashers 7:30 PM
Sun Mar 8, 2009 @ Stars 6:00 PM
Tue Mar 10, 2009 vs. Oilers 7:30 PM
Thu Mar 12, 2009 vs. Islanders 7:30 PM
Sat Mar 14, 2009 vs. Devils 7:00 PM
Tue Mar 17, 2009 vs. Rangers 7:30 PM
Thu Mar 19, 2009 @ Senators 7:30 PM
Sat Mar 21, 2009 vs. Maple Leafs 7:00 PM
Tue Mar 24, 2009 vs. Thrashers 7:30 PM
Thu Mar 26, 2009 vs. Lightning 7:30 PM
Sat Mar 28, 2009 vs. Sabres 7:00 PM
Tue Mar 31, 2009 vs. Blackhawks 7:30 PM

April 2009
Thu Apr 2, 2009 @ Islanders 7:00 PM
Sat Apr 4, 2009 @ Maple Leafs 7:00 PM
Mon Apr 6, 2009 vs. Senators 7:30 PM
Tue Apr 7, 2009 @ Rangers 7:00 PM
Thu Apr 9, 2009 @ Bruins 7:00 PM
Sat Apr 11, 2009 vs. Penguins 7:00 PM

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