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How to watch the Canadiens in 2014-15, your definitive guide to watching the Habs

The new NHL broadcast deal hasn't made it any easier to watch the Habs, but we've got you covered with a full TV broadcast schedule and your options for those games that may not be available

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There's no way to sugarcoat the fact that the new TV rights deal has made it more difficult, and likely more expensive for Habs fans outside of Quebec and the Maritimes to partake in the full 82-game schedule. Blogger Fagstein has already provided a great explanation of the new regional rights, and while they are pretty confusing, rest assured that it is still possible to have access to the full 82.

TSN 690 will allow you to listen to every Canadiens game with no blackout issues, which you can also stream online if that is sufficient for you. In order to get video access to the 42 games that will be completely regionally exclusive, you'll likely need to supplement your regular TV service with an additional subscription service. Luckily there are two viable options that will help bridge the gap nicely.

NHL Centre Ice- $Various

Centre Ice can be ordered through your TV service, with the costs varying by provider and generally offered through monthly payments or a one time fee. Games otherwise available in your region will be blacked out, and if a game is blacked out on your local station, it may also be blacked out on Centre Ice. Be sure when you are ordering from your provider that you ask them about your regional blackouts to make sure you're getting what you want. They are required to abide by the restrictions set forth by the NHL, and in most cases they should be able to give you a good idea of which games may or may not be blacked out. It won't be many, but you should prepare yourself accordingly.

Game Centre Live- CDN $179.95 (early bird) to CDN $200.00

GCL works on pretty much anything that allows you to download the app; tablets, smartphones, computers, even gaming consoles. Like Centre Ice, It will black out otherwise available games in your region based on your IP address, but that means you should have a relatively easy time finding it on regular television. For instance, Montreal's game against Vancouver on October 30 would be blacked out if you're in the Canucks region. With certain TV subscriptions, you can actually get around the blackouts entirely on GCL, but this depends on your home TV provider and does not appear as if it will be fully supported until around January. It is also a stream, and generally runs on a bit of a delay, so it may also affect your ability to follow on social media. Early bird special for this is only if you subscribe prior to October 13, so grab it soon if you want it.

Both Centre Ice and Game Centre Live also have a special French package available for CDN $60 that will carry 60 Canadiens (and 54 Sens) games in french. This will help nicely to cover  you for non-national games, and is only available for those outside the Canadiens and Senators broadcast regions.

Now down to  brass tacks; the 40 nationally-available games. If you have cable or satellite, you will want to go over your package options to see what's available. Load up on the Sportsnet channels, and maybe get TVA sports if available, even if you don't speak french. The 40 games that are national will be pretty spread out throughout channels like Sportsnet One, Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet Regional channels, and 22 games in French on TVA. Those regional channels are the ones like Sportsnet Pacific in Vancouver, and they will be carrying a few games throughout the year.

The table below lists every game and it's broadcast availability. Blue means a nationally available game either in English through one of the Sportsnet channels or City TV, or in French on TVA Sports. The Bold games in red are also being broadcast nationally in the United States for our American friends. The green games are all the games where you'll likely require one of the aforementioned subscriptions unless you live in Quebec, the Maritimes, or that game's regional broadcast area.

Date Home Away Time (Eastern) Network Coverage
WED, 8 OCT 2014 CANADIENS MAPLE LEAFS 7:00 PM TVA SPORTS, SN, CITY TV
THU, 9 OCT 2014 CANADIENS CAPITALS 7:00 PM SN360, RDS
SAT, 11 OCT 2014 CANADIENS FLYERS 7:00 PM CITY TV, TVA SPORTS
MON, 13 OCT 2014 CANADIENS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM RDS, CITYM
THU, 16 OCT 2014 BRUINS CANADIENS 7:30 PM NHLN-US, SN360, RDS
SAT, 18 OCT 2014 AVALANCHE CANADIENS 7:00 PM CITY TV, TVA SPORTS
TUE, 21 OCT 2014 RED WINGS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, CITYM
SAT, 25 OCT 2014 RANGERS CANADIENS 7:00 PM CITY TV, TVA SPORTS
MON, 27 OCT 2014 CANADIENS OILERS 9:30 PM SNE, SNO, SNW, SNP, RDS
TUE, 28 OCT 2014 CANADIENS FLAMES 9:00 PM RDS, CITYM
THU, 30 OCT 2014 CANADIENS CANUCKS 10:00 PM SN360, RDS
SUN, 2 NOV 2014 FLAMES CANADIENS 7:00 PM CITY TV, RDS
TUE, 4 NOV 2014 BLACKHAWKS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
WED, 5 NOV 2014 CANADIENS SABRES 7:30 PM SN, RDS
SAT, 8 NOV 2014 WILD CANADIENS 7:00 PM NHLN-US, HNIC, TVA SPORTS
TUE, 11 NOV 2014 JETS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
THU, 13 NOV 2014 BRUINS CANADIENS 7:30 PM SN360, RDS
SAT, 15 NOV 2014 FLYERS CANADIENS 7:00 PM HNIC, TVA SPORTS
SUN, 16 NOV 2014 CANADIENS RED WINGS 7:00 PM CITY TV, RDS
TUE, 18 NOV 2014 PENGUINS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
THU, 20 NOV 2014 BLUES CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, CITYM
SAT, 22 NOV 2014 CANADIENS BRUINS 7:00 PM NHLN-US, HNIC, TVA SPORTS
SUN, 23 NOV 2014 CANADIENS RANGERS 7:00 PM NHLN-US, CITY TV, RDS
FRI, 28 NOV 2014 CANADIENS SABRES 7:00 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 29 NOV 2014 SABRES CANADIENS 7:00 PM NHLN-US, HNIC, TVA SPORTS
MON, 1 DEC 2014 CANADIENS AVALANCHE 9:00 PM RDS, SNE
WED, 3 DEC 2014 CANADIENS WILD 7:00 PM SN, RDS
FRI, 5 DEC 2014 CANADIENS BLACKHAWKS 8:30 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 6 DEC 2014 CANADIENS STARS 7:00 PM HNIC, TVA SPORTS
TUE, 9 DEC 2014 CANUCKS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
FRI, 12 DEC 2014 KINGS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
TUE, 16 DEC 2014 HURRICANES CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
THU, 18 DEC 2014 DUCKS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, CITYM
SAT, 20 DEC 2014 SENATORS CANADIENS 7:00 PM NHLN-US, HNIC, TVA SPORTS
TUE, 23 DEC 2014 CANADIENS ISLANDERS 7:00 PM RDS, SNE
MON, 29 DEC 2014 CANADIENS HURRICANES 7:00 PM RDS, SNE
TUE, 30 DEC 2014 CANADIENS PANTHERS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
FRI, 2 JAN 2015 CANADIENS DEVILS 7:00 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 3 JAN 2015 CANADIENS PENGUINS 7:00 PM HNIC, TVA SPORTS
TUE, 6 JAN 2015 LIGHTNING CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 10 JAN 2015 PENGUINS CANADIENS 7:00 PM NHLN-US, HNIC, TVA SPORTS
WED, 14 JAN 2015 CANADIENS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM SN, RDS
THU, 15 JAN 2015 CANADIENS SENATORS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 17 JAN 2015 ISLANDERS CANADIENS 7:00 PM HNIC, TVA SPORTS
TUE, 20 JAN 2015 PREDATORS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
TUE, 27 JAN 2015 STARS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
THU, 29 JAN 2015 CANADIENS RANGERS 7:00 PM NBCSN, RDS, SNE
SAT, 31 JAN 2015 CAPITALS CANADIENS 1:00 PM NHLN-US, SN, RDS
SUN, 1 FEB 2015 COYOTES CANADIENS 1:00 PM CITY TV, RDS
TUE, 3 FEB 2015 SABRES CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 7 FEB 2015 DEVILS CANADIENS 7:00 PM HNIC, TVA SPORTS
SUN, 8 FEB 2015 CANADIENS BRUINS 7:30 PM NBCSN, SN, RDS
TUE, 10 FEB 2015 FLYERS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
THU, 12 FEB 2015 OILERS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 14 FEB 2015 MAPLE LEAFS CANADIENS 7:00 PM NHLN-US, HNIC, TVA SPORTS
MON, 16 FEB 2015 CANADIENS RED WINGS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
WED, 18 FEB 2015 CANADIENS SENATORS 7:00 PM SN, RDS
THU, 19 FEB 2015 PANTHERS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 21 FEB 2015 BLUE JACKETS CANADIENS 7:00 PM HNIC, TVA SPORTS
TUE, 24 FEB 2015 CANADIENS BLUES 8:00 PM RDS, SNE
THU, 26 FEB 2015 CANADIENS BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 28 FEB 2015 MAPLE LEAFS CANADIENS 7:00 PM NHLN-US, HNIC, TVA SPORTS
MON, 2 MAR 2015 CANADIENS SHARKS 10:00 PM RDS, SNE
WED, 4 MAR 2015 CANADIENS DUCKS 10:00 PM SN, RDS
THU, 5 MAR 2015 CANADIENS KINGS 10:30 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 7 MAR 2015 CANADIENS COYOTES 7:00 PM HNIC, TVA SPORTS
TUE, 10 MAR 2015 LIGHTNING CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
THU, 12 MAR 2015 SENATORS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 14 MAR 2015 CANADIENS ISLANDERS 7:00 PM HNIC, TVA SPORTS
MON, 16 MAR 2015 CANADIENS LIGHTNING 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
TUE, 17 MAR 2015 CANADIENS PANTHERS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
THU, 19 MAR 2015 HURRICANES CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 21 MAR 2015 SHARKS CANADIENS 7:00 PM NHLN-US, HNIC, TVA SPORTS
TUE, 24 MAR 2015 CANADIENS PREDATORS 8:00 PM RDS, SNE
THU, 26 MAR 2015 CANADIENS JETS 8:00 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 28 MAR 2015 PANTHERS CANADIENS 7:00 PM HNIC, TVA SPORTS
MON, 30 MAR 2015 LIGHTNING CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
THU, 2 APR 2015 CAPITALS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
FRI, 3 APR 2015 CANADIENS DEVILS 7:00 PM SN, RDS
SUN, 5 APR 2015 CANADIENS PANTHERS 5:00 PM SN, RDS
THU, 9 APR 2015 RED WINGS CANADIENS 7:30 PM RDS, SNE
SAT, 11 APR 2015 CANADIENS MAPLE LEAFS 7:00 PM HNIC, TVA SPORTS