One last intra-squad match before starting the preparatory calendar

BROSSARD- The Montreal Canadiens’ training camp will pick up its pace as of Monday, with the start of the preparatory calendar. The New Jersey Devils will be the visitors at the Bell Center.

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Previously, the Habs will please their supporters by opening the doors of their amphitheater wide to them for an intra-squad game on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.).

« Guys who won’t play Sunday will play Monday, » coach Martin St-Louis said Saturday after a third long day at the office.

In addition to taking part in very full training sessions, the approximately 70 camp participants played simulated matches for the second day in a row.

In the first match, the team of Cole Caufield defeated that of Brendan Gallagher 5-2.

Caufield, Mike Matheson, Justin BarronDanick Martel and Joshua Roythe latter in an empty net, managed the goals of the winners.

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Gallagher and Jordan Harris provided the nets for the losers.

In the second meeting, the team of Kirby Dash defeated that of Jonathan Drouin 4-1. Dach was one of the scorers of the winners. Mitchell Stephens, Emil Heineman and Joel Teasdale marked the others.

The camp will adopt a new cruising speed on Monday. It’s not much practice time before playing games, but St. Louis said he was satisfied with the work done on the ice during the first three days of camp.

“We’ve done a lot of teaching over the past few years,” he commented. The level of conditioning is an important factor and we have taken the means to be at our best. I don’t know what the other teams are doing, but our guys have been working hard.

“I also feel that the guys learned a lot. It was seen in the simulated matches. »

St-Louis said the striker Sean Monahanwho is recovering from hip surgery, will be able to play preseason games before the regular season opener Oct. 12.

“We are taking all necessary measures to ensure that he is fully recovered. He is expected to play matches. »

Monahan, who was acquired from the Calgary Flames last summer, has been taking part in his squad’s practices since the start of camp.

The Canadiens also announced on Saturday that they will now hold their morning practices before home games at the Bell Center, rather than Brossard.

“We want to be in our building longer and more often,” explained St-Louis.

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