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Montreal Canadiens to open pre-season on September 25

The team will play six pre-season games.

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens will start their pre-season on September 25 with a game in Toronto against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It is one of six pre-season games the team will play to prepare for the 2021-22 season. This will be the first pre-season since the 2019-20 season, and will give the coaching staff a chance to look at players like Ryan Poehling, Josh Brook, Kaiden Guhle and Mattias Norlinder, who would have not played in an NHL situation in over two years (in the case of Poehling and Brook). Guhle and Norlinder would have never had the opportunity.

They will complete the home-and-home with the Maple Leafs on September 27 at the Bell Centre. After that, they will have a back-to-back with the Ottawa Senators with the first game in Ottawa on October 1.

They will wrap up the pre-season with one game in Toronto on October 5, followed by a game at home against Ottawa on October 7.

The regular season will start on October 13 with a back-to-back in Toronto and then in Buffalo. They will have their home opener on October 16 against the New York Rangers.

2021-22 Pre-season Schedule

Saturday, September 25: @ TORONTO, 2:00 p.m.
Monday, September 27 vs TORONTO, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 1 @ OTTAWA, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 2 vs OTTAWA, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 5 @ TORONTO, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 7 vs OTTAWA, 7:00 p.m.