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Your collection of fine links for the evening.

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Looking at this week's schedule, the Habs play Buffalo twice and will make the trek to Long Island on Thursday. Off the top of my head, I can't think of a more depressing schedule. The Sabres are a mess and Nassau Coliseum is even messier. Throw in a snowstorm here in Winnipeg, and today is the Monday-est Monday ever. If you're like me and need something to cheer you up, here are some quality links from around the blogosphere:

Habs News and Analysis

  • Not much roster information this afternoon. Michel Therrien has said, according to the Canadiens' Official Twitter account, that Michael Ryder should be good to go when the Habs face off against the Sabres tomorrow.
  • The Larry lovefest continues with Christopher Boucher analyzing Lars Eller's 2013 performance to date. Boucher notes that Eller's even strength risk/reward rating (the number of positive events a player is involved in per minute of ice time, minus the number of negative events a player is involved in per minute of ice time) is the best amongst forwards. Anyone who wants to trade Eller and his beautiful contract needs to give their head a shake.
  • Super-friend of the blog Mathieu Roy compares the 2011-2012 Habs at the first quarter mark to the 2012-2013 at the half season mark. MathMan notes that although Therrien and Bergevin have done excellent work "the early 2011-2012 Habs were a good team, displaying strong 5-on-5 ability in their first 21 games. So while there is certainly a large measure of improvement relative to the best work from last season's squad, it's not quite the terrible-to-awesome change it's been heralded as." At the quarter season mark, the 2011-2012 Habs actually put up better "close" possession numbers than this Habs team has put up through 27 games.

General News and Analysis

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