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Sunday Habs Links: Spotlight on the less hyped players

Here are your daily links, including a look at Tomas Plekanec's great start to the season, P.A Parenteau and the Habs top line, Manny Malhotra as our new faceoff specialist, and more.

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Oct 4, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Manny Malhotra (20)
Oct 4, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Manny Malhotra (20)
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Montreal Canadiens

  • The phrase "Alex Galchenyuk's breakout season" has been said about 34762 times so far this season, but at least one guy went in a different direction. Can this also be Tomas Plekanec's (offensive) breakout season? He says yes, but I'm cautious after only three games. [Fansided]
  • (French) With Brendan Gallagher shuffled next to Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais, has P.A. Parenteau been demoted? Patrick Roy had commented on his trade awhile ago, saying that Parenteau is not "top six material", but who knows what Michel Therrien thinks. [La Presse]

  • (French) Manny Malhotra, face-off specialist. In two games against the Leafs and the Caps, Malhotra had about a 68.56% faceoff win percentage, a stunning leap from the sub 50.0% team average of the last few years. [RDS]
  • Winning their first two games gave Montreal their best season starter since 2009-10, when they went to the ECF. Winning the third one against Philadelphia gave them their best start since 2005-06, almost ten years ago. [The Hockey Writers]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • After missing the postseason for the last three years. Hamilton Bulldogs feel like they're poised to make the playoffs this year. They finished last season with a 33-35-1-7 record, but as previously noted, Montreal's talent pool runs a bit deeper this year. [The Spectator]
  • Were you sick of hearing the Philadelphia Flyers goal song last night? Blame Claude Giroux. He apparently personally selected the new goal song. I've listened to it, and it fits exactly into my image of what Claude Giroux's music tastes. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • The Edmonton Oilers celebrated the 30th anniversary of their first (out of five) Stanley Cups. 17,000 fans attended the reunion, which featured all seven HOF-ers from the 80's OIlers team, inclucing Gretzky and Messier. Wonder if the current OIlers enjoyed what they have to live up to. [NHL]
  • Evaluating Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen by their zone entries: Kris Letang and SImon Despres are excellent, Rob Scuderi less so. [Pensburgh]
  • Watch a junior hockey player lay a glass-smashing, legal hit on his opponent. [SB Nation]
  • Interesting analytics take on how Tyler Bozak belongs on the Maple Leafs' top line "despite himself". Looking at each line's CF%, Nazem Kadri is better on the first line with van Riemsdyk and Kessel. However, Bozak is much worse than Kadri on the second line with Lupul. To preserve a half-decent second line, Leafs must keep Bozak on their first. Something about this feels very classic Leafs. [The Star]
  • More fancy stats: listen to TSN's first Hockey Analytics podcast here. [Soundcloud]