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Sunday Habs Links: Are we lucky or unlucky?

Here are your daily links, including why the Habs are the most statistically interesting team in the league, news on Nikita Scherbak, and the team's struggle to revitalise its powerplay.

Oct 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien on the bench
Oct 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien on the bench
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens

  • Montreal is the strangest league in the league right now. We have a PP% of 7.9, a PDO that's the seventh lowest in the league,and a goal differential of -8. And yet we still have a 9-4-1 record, closely behind (as of Saturday) Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic. #justhabsthings [CBS]
  • (French) Drayson Bowman was called up from the Bulldogs on Saturday. [RDS]
  • (French) It's been a month of ups and downs (mostly downs) for Jiri Sekac. Still don't think he's going back to the KHL though. [La Presse]
  • Nikita Scherbak has 10 goals and 20 points in 12 games in the Western Hockey League. He will be on the Russian roster for the 2014 Subway Super Series. [NHL]
  • Forget Gerard Gallant, someone hire Brendan Gallagher as the new assistant coach for special teams. About the powerplay: I think our breakouts were good early on in the year, that wasn't the problem. It was more so in zone," Gallagher said. "Now it's flip-flopped. We're better in zone, but on our breakouts teams have adjusted and we haven't been able to make that counter adjustment. [NHL]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • NHL jerseys have clearly visible Reebok logos, so aren't players already wearing ads? [The Guardian]
  • ESPN commentator Keith Olbermann reminds us that the idea of an Original Six isn't real. "It’s not a controversy as much as it is just me being difficult about this," he says. [National Post]
  • The Vancouver Canucks green men will be retiring next year. [CBC]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs see your Club 1909 business and raise the stakes. Four Leafs executives were scheduled to leave Friday for Beijing for meetings to discuss growing hockey in China. Imagine a nation getting the Leafs as their first team, that's just cruel. [TSN]
  • Olli Jokinen grew a sick flow while no one was looking. [SB Nation]
  • Stephen Weiss and the Economic Concept of Sunk Costs. What are sunk costs? "If you bought some food item, and it turns out to be disgusting, you should not continue eating it just because you spent money on it. The money has already been spent, you should now make the right decision to stop eating that food item because you abhor its taste." Weiss is the food,if you couldn't figure it out. [Winging it in Motown]
  • Women's hockey teams from the US, Canada, Sweden, and Finland met this week in B.C for the Four Nations Cup tournament. [Global]
  • A great could-have-been story: East German hockey player Dieter Frenzel almost played for the 80's Edmonton Oilers, but was barred from going by communist authorities. Frenzel sells shoes now. [The Star]