The Montreal Canadiens will kick off their shortened 2013 season on Saturday Jan. 19 on home ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The game will be televised on CBC..
The full Canadiens schedule was released on Saturday night, shortly after the NHL and NHLPA signed the memorandum of understanding that officially ended the lockout.
It couldn’t have gotten much worse for the Canadiens last year. A slow start to their season got their coach fired. $7.5-million forward Scott Gomez lived through a goal drought that lasted until February and their top defenceman, Andrei Markov, was injured for most of the season. Needless to say, the Canadiens didn’t make the playoffs.
So what’s in store for them this year? The Habs have a bright light in goalie Carey Price, who can probably steal a game or two and defenceman P.K. Subban is coming into his own. Now if they could only put a few more pucks in the net.
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<a href="http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/index.htm">The Montreal Canadiens</a> will kick off their 2013 season at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 19. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
<a href="http://senators.nhl.com/">The Ottawa Senators</a> travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets to start their season on Jan. 19. The Senators home opener will be on Monday against the Florida Panthers. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Toronto Maple Leafs
<a href="http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/">The Toronto Maple Leafs</a> face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 19. Their homeopener will be against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 21. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
<a href="http://jets.nhl.com/">The Winnipeg Jets</a> will play the Ottawa Senators to kick off their 2013 season on Jan. 19. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
<a href="http://flames.nhl.com/">The Calgary Flames</a> will face the San Jose Sharks at home on Sun. Jan. 20 to start their 2013 season.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
<a href="http://oilers.nhl.com/">The Edmonton Oilers</a> will start their season on Sun. Jan. 20 in Vancouver against the Canucks. The Oilers return home on Tue. Jan. 22 to face the San Jose Sharks. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The <a href="http://canucks.nhl.com/">Vancouver Canucks</a> will start their 2013 season on Saturday Jan. 19 against the Anaheim Ducks. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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