Canadiens 2023-24 schedule. pic.twitter.com/5HELs4PbRs
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) June 27, 2023
After last night’s individual honours and before tomorrow’s draft, this afternoon the NHL unveiled its schedule for the 2023-24 season. Naturally, we’ve been keeping an eye on what the Canadiens’ schedule will look like.
Once again, the Tricolore’s first game of the season will take place in Toronto. It’s almost a classic now.
But it’s the second game in particular that’s causing a stir, as the CH welcome Connor Bedard and the Blackhawks to the Bell Centre for their home opener. We’re talking about two teams who were in the bottom half of the standings last year, but clearly, this will be a game to watch.
CH home opener against Connor Bedard and the Blackhawks on a Saturday night, October 14. This is going to be good. https://t.co/wN7lT44V4N
– Anthony Marcotte (@anthonymarcotte) June 27, 2023
Barring a huge surprise, Bedard will be on the Blackhawks’ roster next year, which means he’ll definitely be on the ice at the Bell Centre on October 14. And clearly, this will be a great gift for the fans in attendance (even if he won’t be wearing the “right” jersey).
Speaking of Bedard, he’ll be on the road quite a bit at the start of the season. His first five NHL games will be on the road (Pittsburgh, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and Denver), as the NHL obviously wants to expose him to big markets quickly.
Connor Bedard will make his NHL debut Oct. 10 in Pittsburgh. Part of a five-game Blackhawks road trip to start the season, which is frankly bewildering to me.
Oct. 10 at Pittsburgh
Oct. 11 at Boston
Oct. 14 at Montreal
Oct. 16 at Toronto
Oct. 19 at Colorado
– Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) June 27, 2023
At least he’ll get a few days off around Christmas, and the fact that he won’t be in action on December 23 means he’ll be able to leave a little early (ironically, he’ll be leaving Chicago and, once again, Connor Bedard).
Habs will still be in another time zone prior to Christmas, but a shorter flight home and at least able to leave a day before the holiday. pic.twitter.com/ONI12cuA2P
– Eric Engels (@EricEngels) June 27, 2023
In short, it won’t be long before we see Connor Bedard in action in Montreal. Can’t wait to see what he has in store for the fans that night.