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Saturday Habs Links: Mike McCarron scores first OHL hat trick

Here are your daily links, including some commentary from the team about the Boston game, Nikita Scherbak's hopes for next year, and some more praise for Prust, Eller, and Sekac.

Claus Andersen

Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Montreal Canadiens are a statistical oddity - our Corsi and Fenwick (and PP%) are awful for a team that's leading the league in points. When we win, we win. When we lose, it's a blowout. Can Montreal sustain its style of play over the season?  [Montreal Gazette]
  • Nikita Scherbak is still aiming to make the Montreal Canadiens next year. [La Presse] (French)
  • After the win over Boston, multiple members of the team praised the new blue-line combinations: Markov and Gonchar (both left-handed); Subban and Gilbert (both right-handed). [RDS] (French)
  • Official virtual waiting room for December tickets open today. [Canadiens]
  • The Prust-Eller-Sekac line have been making excellent plays these past games. We'll need a catchy name soon. [Canadiens]
  • Tuukka Rask didn't play in Thursday's game, but does that mean he has lost his confidence? The Bruins could be protecting him from Montreal. Still, recall that before the 2014 ECF, Henrik Lundqvist hasn't played a game in Montreal since 2012. We all know how that turned out. [Puck Daddy]
  • Mike McCarron continued his excellent start to the OHL season, by scoring his first  OHL hat trick.

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Somber news: Bryan Murray, GM for the Ottawa Senator, has Stage 4 colon cancer. He regrets not doing a simple colonoscopy in time, instead living with cancer 7 to 10 years before he was diagnosed. [SB Nation]
  • Sean McIndoe writes an heartfelt farewell to enforcers, who are slowly disappearing from the league (and for the best). [Grantland]
  • Dominic Moore is the unsung hero of the New York Rangers. With only zero goals and five assists in 16 games so far, Moore is a perfect example of how stats like Corsi Rel% can show what "traditional" stats miss. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • The newest four inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame - Rob Blake, Mike Modano, Peter Forsberg and Dominik Hasek, are all from four different countries. A great example of hockey's international reach. [The Hockey News]
  • Breakdown of one of Aaron Ekblad's defensive plays using gifs. "It was a perfect example of Ekblad's biggest strength: simple, effective, mechanically sound defense." He wasn't picked first on a whim, guys. [SB Nation]
  • New NHL Ugly Sweaters are out! (when are we getting a Habs version?) [NHL]