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Montreal Canadiens News and Analysis
The Canadiens had a day off on Wednesday, so there's not a whole lot of roster news to report this morning. The severity of Max Pacioretty's lower body/left leg injury remains a mystery, but based on the fact that he could not apply any weight to it on Tuesday, I'd bet against him playing tonight against Columbus. If Wolverine can't go, expect the very good fourth line of Michael Bournival, Travis Moen, and Ryan White to be reunited, with Brandon Prust and Daniel Briere joining the top nine. Puck drop is at 7:30 ET on RDS, TSN-Habs, and Fox Sports Ohio.
Christopher Boucher compares the 2013-2014 play of Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu.
Did you know that Guy Lafleur scored 130 goals in a single season with the Quebec Remparts? Did you know that Lafleur and fellow 50-goal scorer Steve Shutt tried to convince linemate (and 40-goal scorer) Jacques Lemaire to push for 50, but he refused? Did you know that Lafleur thinks very highly of Mike Bossy's scoring prowess? If you answered no to any of these questions, check out this interview between TSN 1260's Jason Gregor and Guy Lafleur.
General News and Analysis
Patrick Roy has entered the NHL record books with dear friend Mario Tremblay by winning his first six games as a head coach. Roy can become with first 7-0 rookie coach in NHL history with a win against Detroit tonight.
Simon Bourque of Delson, Que, is auctioning off 1,500 hockey cards, including a 1911 George Vezina rookie card, all of which were printed before World War II. Bourque plans to use the proceeds from the auction to start a new collection.
Jerry Tierney of In Lou We Trust looks at the historical record to see how a bad first month impacts a team's playoff chances. It turns out that since 2005, seven teams that finished in the bottom five in the league standings in the first 30 days of the season managed to make the playoffs.
The Washington Capitals release a yearly Canine Calendar to support Virginia-based Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. You can see pictures from the 2014 edition here, which include Mike Green holding a German Shepard puppy like a baby.
Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and Barry Melrose get together for the ESPN Hockey Today podcast.
According to IIHF.com, 10 Georgian girls became the first women in their country's history to play hockey. Martin Merk reports from Kutasi, Georgia where the Georgian camp was held as part of World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend.
Justin Bourne, with a helping hand from Lexus, gives his list of the top 10 skaters in the NHL. No Habs crack the list, although Mason Raymond (10), Phil Kessel (4), Colin Greening (8), Erik Karlsson (7), and Darren Helm (3) represent the Atlantic division. Carl Hagelin is named the best skater overall.