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Friday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty knows there are no more excuses

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the expectations for the team to win it all, P.K. Subban's growing brand, and Devante Smith-Pelly's efforts to improve.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • With no more room for excuses, Max Pacioretty explains to Pierre LeBrun that expectations are high for the Canadiens. [ESPN]
  • ICYMI: Carey Price got a bit of revenge on the man who's infamously injured several goalies, Chris Kreider. It. Was. Glorious. [EOTP]
  • Take a look at this piece about the growing brand that is P.K. Subban as a person, not just a hockey player. [La Presse]
  • Not long removed from being on the outside looking in, hard work has paid off for Devante Smith-Pelly. [RDS]
  • Here's a great look at assistant coach J.J. Daigneault at work with the blue-liners:
  • Sportsnet has released their power rankings, and the Canadiens come in at number two in the league thanks to their hot start. [Sportsnet]
  • Fans rejoice, the Habs will be featured in the second season of EPIX's Road to the Winter Classic, as the team prepares for the annual outdoor game in which they will face the Boston Bruins. [EOTP]
  • With the Habs coming off a duel with New York, take a look back at how Jacques Plante changed his position forever against the Rangers. [YouTube]
  • The St. John's Ice Caps have announced that every one of their home games this season will be broadcast live on Rogers TV. [Ice Caps]
  • Canada has been swept by Blue Jays fever, and following the Jays' ALDS win, the Habs players are no different:

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The Florida Panthers may be in line to receive more tax dollars to help off-set losses. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Artemi Panarin sweepstakes ended with the Chicago Blackhawks acquiring the highly-sought Russian, and he has been impressing early in his NHL career. [TSN]
  • Anthony Duclair and Max Domi have played integral roles in the Arizona Coyotes great start to the season. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Grantland's Sean McIndoe takes a look at the season's top stories so far. [Grantland]
  • Recently surrounded by controversy, the Los Angeles Kings might be in an awful lot of trouble. [Sporting News]
  • Travis Yost breaks down the numbers behind the famed 40-second shift. [TSN]
  • Take a look at some of the league's former stars turned coaches — specifically those who were notably worse behind the bench as opposed to on the ice. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • The NWHL's New York Riveters had an opportunity to practice alongside former Hab Alexei Kovalev: