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Tuesday Habs Links: Canadiens primed for new line combinations

Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including changes to the Canadiens' line combinations, emphasis on fixing the power play and Olli Maatta's never-ending bad luck.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • It appears the Canadiens received the memo about fixing their terrible play with the man advantage. The team spent a great deal of Monday's practice working on the power play, deploying new line combinations as well as placing an emphasis on a diamond formation. [La Presse]
  • A change to the power play wasn't the only Monday morning adjustment by the Habs, making changes to the line combinations at even strength as well. [TVA]
  • P.A. Parenteau appears ready to return to the lineup on Wednesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but not before confirming he was indeed out with a concussion. [TVA]
  • Patrick Cwiklinski takes a look back at Patrick Roy's final game as a member of the Canadiens. [The Score]
  • Guy Lafleur is suing the Quebec Crown and the Montreal Police. The Habs legend is seeking $2 million, arguing that an arrest warrant against him in 2008 was unjustified. [CBC]
  • And lastly, a little shameless self promotion. Check out our very own Marc Dumont's mid-season player analysis. [EOTP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • St. Louis Blues captain David Backes has been named the NHL's First Star of the week. Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was named Second Star, while Florida Panthers centre Jonathan Huberdeau was named Third Star. [NHL]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins youngster Olli Maatta just can't seem to catch a break. The 20-year-old defenseman is expected to be done for the year with a shoulder injury. [Post Gazette]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled top prospect William Nylander from Sweden, but Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas says he likely won't play in the NHL this season. [Sportsnet]
  • San Jose Sharks tough guy John Scott wore a T-shirt of himself scoring a goal. Say what you will of him, that's totally awesome. [Puck Daddy]
  • Some sad news to report. Boston Bruins veteran Simon Gagne won't return this season, citing personal reasons. Gagne hasn't played since December 6th after the passing of his father. [Bruins]
  • And lasty, a KHL player was hit so hard that his jersey got stuck in the glass. Enjoy! [SB Nation]