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Sunday Habs Links: Canadiens need to rely less on Price

Here are your daily links, including Zach Fucale competing for a starting spot at WJC, the first weekend off for the Habs in a long time, and our terrible over-reliance on Carey Price

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Montreal Canadiens news

  • Zach Fucale has made it to the Canadian word junior team, but coach Benoit Groulx says that the starting position is still up for grabs. Fucale will be competing against fellow 19 year old Eric Comrie of the WHL Tri-City Americans. [The Hockey News]
  • Canadiens are counting on Carey Price way too much, and it has never been more clearly demonstrated than in the L.A Kings game. [NHL]
  • (French) Some loose hockey facts for the weekend - in the regular season, this is the first time since the 2009-10 season that the Habs spend an entire weekend without a game. Also, the Boston Bruins have an offensive problem - they can't score more than two goals at home. [RDS]
  • Canadiens' win over Kings gets the NHL 94 treatment. [EOTP]

"You know, the Kings suck at this game."

"You can't say that."

"I just did."

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The New Jersey Devils had hired former poker player and financial analyst, Sunny Mehta, as their director of analytics. Interesting note: most of the stats analysts hired by NHL teams are now asked to keep their data private. Understandable move by the management, but I wonder if taking away the collaborative spirit of stats blogging actually slows down progress. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Sports Illustrated is republishing 60 of their best stories in honour of their 60th anniversary. Read this profile of Gordie Howe, "hockey's ageless wonder". [Sports Illustrated]
  • 11 years apart, Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist score the same goal on Roberto Luongo. [r/hockey]
  • Thanks to a Latvian national effort, Zemgus Girgensons has amassed 803,805 votes for the NHL All-Star game. Note that  two-time Cup winner Patrick Kane is trailing at a distant second with only 375,758 votes. [NY Times]