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Tuesday Habs Links: Montreal struggles without Subban on the ice

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Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including flaws in the Canadiens' system and Curtis Lazar being named captain of Canada's World Junior team.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • The Habs know they'll be in tough on the road against a red hot New York Islanders squad this evening. Brendan Gallagher, P.A. Parenteau, Carey Price and Michel Therrien look ahead to the challenge. [Canadiens]
  • Here is a great read by Olivier Bouchard on flaws in the Canadiens' system and a constant reliance on P.K. Subban. [La Presse] (French)
  • Take a look at this year's team Christmas card. [YouTube]
  • Marc Antoine Godin sheds light on the small city of Kladno, Czech Republic. With a population just over 65,000, Kladno has become a nursery for several NHL players, including Tomas Plekanec and Jiri Sekac[La Presse] (French)
  • A little shameless self promotion: Here is my take on Team Sweden's chances at the World Juniors, where Habs prospect Jacob de la Rose is expected to lead the way. [EOTP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Ottawa Senators top prospect Curtis Lazar has been named captain of Canada's World Junior team. Connor McDavid and Sam Reinhart will serve as the assistants. [TSN]
  • It's no secret the consensus first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft is Connor McDavid. However, Jack Eichel continues to enter the conversation, and it's difficult to argue with the way he's playing. [Sportsnet]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins can't seem to shake the Mumps. The team announced that three more players, Steve Downie, Brandon Sutter and Thomas Greiss, will be returning home to get tested for the viral disease. [ESPN]
  • Ex-Canadiens centre Scott Gomez is playing some good hockey for the New Jersey Devils. It's tough not to be happy for him considering all he went through while playing in Montreal. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Speaking of ex-Habs, Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta was absolutely crushed by Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski on Sunday. Many were shocked by the NHL's decision not to issue a suspension. Greg Wyshynski tells us why there was no supplementary discipline for the hit. [Puck Daddy]