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Lots of Habs from your living room

You’ve probably already seen the television schedules that came out earlier today, but for all those Habs fans across Canada, from Carbonear to Englishman’s River, a quick recap:

15 games on TSN nationally: NHL on TSN

28 games on HNIC: HNIC 2011-2012

As a relocated Montrealer, I’m not sure I could be happier. Sure, I can watch them all on RDS, but it’s nice to have the different options. And I’m a sucker for tradition: there ain’t no hockey like Hockey Night in Canada.

So when does it all start?

It all gets going on October 6th, with Montreal facing off against Toronto. But the real season opener for many Canadian hockey fans will be October 9th, when the Canadiens visit Winnipeg for the first time in a decade and a half.

Only 6 weeks until the puck drops. Anyone else getting excited?

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Does anyone have any idea why they always open in Toronto, I like opening with a rivalry but it’s certainly beginning to feel like it’s always in T.O.

Posted by jayskate from Newfoundland, Canada on 08/19/11 at 01:02 AM ET


The TO game is about rebuilding the rivalry. Until the Leafs play the Habs in the playoffs, it’s almost irrelevant.

Can’t understand why a Habs fan would want to see a game on HNIC nowadays. The Toronto-centric nature of the show was bad enough, but now with all the pro-Bruin clowns on the broadcast, it’s more akin to the Jack Edwards nut job treatment you get on the Beantown game coverage.

Posted by Marc10 from Sydney, Oz on 08/19/11 at 03:20 AM ET


I generally find HNIC to be fairly balanced. The studio commentary can be silly, and definitely pro-Boston, but I think the colour, and usually the play-by-play, is still stronger than any other broadcaster.

Here’s a question: why is our second game on a Sunday afternoon? And Thanksgiving Sunday, nonetheless? It’s two Canadian teams, Winnipeg-Montreal,  yet it starts at 4 local time in Winnipeg, when much of Ontario-East will be sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner. That seems like a bit of an idiotic scheduling move, no?

Now that I’ve thought about it, I am actually a bit peeved the first Saturday doesn’t have a Habs game. Sunday? Afternoon? This is the Montreal Canadiens. They play Saturday nights. Especially the first bloody weekend of the season.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 08/19/11 at 09:35 AM ET


I can’t wait for the season to start and to see the Habs kick some butt.

Posted by davomack34 on 09/05/11 at 05:54 PM ET

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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