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Thursday Habs Links: David Desharnais nominated for the Masterton trophy

Questions over playoff coaching, GM's reading sports blogs and college hockey awards all inside your open thread for Thursday.

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Montreal Canadiens News

The Canadiens announced that their Masterton candidate this year will be none other than David Desharnais.

As always Brian Wilde of CTV has another fantastic edition of Call of the Wilde.

Justin Bourne of The Score theorizes that goaltending and coaching will decide the Habs/Lightning series.

Speaking of coaching our own Andrew Berkshire looks at Michel Therrien and his mystifying usage of P.K. Subban.

TSN's Bob McKenzie expects Douglas Murray to be suspended for 2-3 games for his elbow on Mike Kostka

Arpon Basu of looks at what has driven the Habs into the playoffs.

24CH looks at Brendan Gallagher and his equipment malfunction against the Blue Jackets. Naturally he smiles throughout the whole thing.

Hamilton Bulldogs defencemen Morgan Ellis is the Bulldogs finalist for the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to the Hamilton community.

News and Notes from Around the League

After Sabres GM Tim Murray mentioned he reads the articles posted at PPP it re-sparked the debate on what role analytics play in hockey.

The saga between Adam Oates and Alex Ovechkin continues with Oates claiming Ovi "quit on on the play" in a 5-0 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will sit out the rest of the regular season to nurse an injury sustained on a hit by Brooks Orpik.

The Hobey Hat Trick finalists were announced today surprisingly top defencemen Shayne Gostisbehere is not among them.