Montreal Canadiens will play Toronto in exhibition, Times released for series vs Pittsburgh

BROSSARD, QC - FEBRUARY 17: Head coach of the Montreal Canadiens Claude Julien instructs his team during the Montreal Canadiens practice session at the Bell Sports Complex on February 17, 2017 in Brossard, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
BROSSARD, QC - FEBRUARY 17: Head coach of the Montreal Canadiens Claude Julien instructs his team during the Montreal Canadiens practice session at the Bell Sports Complex on February 17, 2017 in Brossard, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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The NHL released today an exhibition schedule as well as the times for the play-in series.

The NHL announced today an exhibition schedule, as well as the start times for the Stanely Cup, play-in series. The exhibition games are scheduled July 28 to July 30 with of course the qualifiers starting on August 1st.

The Montreal Canadiens will face off with their arch-rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, July 28 at 8 pm. They will then face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins starting on August 1st at 8 pm EST.

The rest of the games are scheduled as follows:

Monday, August 3rd at 8 pm

Wednesday, August 5th at 8 pm

Start times beyond August 5th are still to be determined as the last two games of each series will only be played if necessary since we are using the best of 5 formats. Montreal needs to win 3 out of 5 to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Montreal Canadiens are currently in training camp and will be in Brossard until the 26th of July when they will travel across the 401 to Toronto for their exhibition game and play in series. We are getting very close to hockey resuming and as long as nothing crazy happens the puck will drop very shortly.

The Canadiens currently have 33 players at camp although two of them have yet to show up in Brett Kulak and Xavier Ouellet. We can only speculate that it was due to the positive tests that the Montreal Canadiens had prior to the start of training camp, but that has not been confirmed as team’s are not allowed to publish players who test positive.

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Shea Weber also skated alone today so we will have to wait and see how serious that really is and if he did in fact get a minor injury on his first day in camp. We will continue to keep you updated on all news that comes out as inch closer to the return of hockey.