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Habs iced 3 of the 20 worst possession defensemen in the NHL vs Boston

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If I told you that Michel Therrien was taking a legitimately good defenseman out of the lineup in favour of icing three of the worst defensemen in the entire NHL against the best team in the conference, would you believe me? Of course not, but he is.

The Canadiens having a similar record to the Kings doesn't mean squat

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There has been a lot made recently about the Canadiens and Kings having very similar records. The question was asked why Michel Therrien is perceived to be on the hot seat and Darryl Sutter isn't. Aside from winning the cup 2 years ago, the Kings are a way, way, way, way better hockey team. It's not even close.

Winter Olympics 2014: Carey Price's black mask for Sochi

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Carey Price will be wearing two different masks for Canada in Sochi, and holy crap are they ever bad ass. You can find the white one here.

Galchenyuk honours bet with Gallagher, wears Team Canada jersey

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Before the World Juniors began, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk had a bet going for who would make it further in the tournament, Canada or the USA. Neither country distinguished themselves, but Canada made it a bit further, so the American Galchenyuk was forced to wear a Team Canada jersey.

Can you spot what's off in this picture?

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Apparently P.K. Subban was in good spirits after the win, as he joined in on Max Pacioretty's postgame interview.

Sometimes someone in the stat community comes out with something that should be so obvious, it's...

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Sometimes someone in the stat community comes out with something that should be so obvious, it's right in front of your face, but no one has done it before. This is what Eric T from our SB Nation sister site Broad Street Hockey as well as the new NHL Numbers blog has done. What you see in this image is a usage chart of Montreal Canadiens forwards, separated by quality of competition based on the ice time of the opponents each player faces. The really excellent thing about it is that he's separated the forwards a player faces from the defensemen. I'll let Eric explain his methodology by linking his original piece, while you can also check out the usage charts Eric posted today for all 30 teams here. One of the things that stood out to me was how much better this makes the top line from last year look. Desharnais faced tougher competition that Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski for example. However the most impressive thing to me was how tightly Pacioretty and Cole were checked. Any reservations we had about Max Pacioretty being able to handle tough minutes can likely be put to rest.

On the eve of July 1st and free agent frenzy, take a second to look at this graphic to see why the...

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On the eve of July 1st and free agent frenzy, take a second to look at this graphic to see why the Montreal Canadiens, along with the Maple Leafs, usually have to overpay players by a significant amount compared to other markets. If a players signs a 5 year deal for $7M per year, they will earn $3.25M less in Montreal than they would in Florida.

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