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Thursday Habs Headlines: These Canadiens are the team to beat in the East

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens and the league, including what the Canadiens are doing right, Alexei Emelin's acting chops and John Tortorella's return.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Everything that could go right, is going right for the Montreal Canadiens and in the process, the Canadiens are emerging as the team to beat in the East. [ESPN]
  • Bob McKenzie believes that Montreal's success shouldn't come as such a surprise, seeing as the Montreal Canadiens have been one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference over the last couple of years. [TSN 690]
  • Remaining undefeated comes with its own perks. The Canadiens earned a well-deserved reprieve from on-ice practice yesterday, with the coaching staff opting for stretching routines and video review instead. [Sportsnet]
  • The Montreal Canadiens are definitely rolling all four lines:
  • Nikita Scherbak shared his thoughts on transitioning to the AHL and the experiences that come with turning professional:
  • Former Canadien Shayne Corson opened up about just how difficult it is to seek help in an environment where players are often praised for not displaying any weakness. [RDS]
  • Montreal Canadiens' prospect Micheal McNiven has a chance to represent Team Canada:
  • Alexei Emelin is a pretty good actor:

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets fired head coach Todd Richards. More importantly, the Columbus Blue Jackets hired John Tortorella! Here are some of the reactions:
    • The Columbus Blue Jackets relieved Todd Richards' of his head coaching duties yesterday. [Sportsnet]
    • Columbus Blue Jackets fans do not seem to be very thrilled with this decision. [The Cannon]
    • Here's why Blue Jackets fans have every right to not be thrilled with that move. [Hockey-Graphs]
    • The Vancouver Canucks however, are understandably elated. [Sportsnet]
  • The Ottawa Senators lack a proper first-pairing caliber defenseman to play alongside Erik Karlsson. [NHL]
  • With Duncan Keith set to miss four to six weeks due to injury, how will the Chicago Blackhawks cope with his absence on their blueline? [Hockey PDOcast]
  • Are you a goaltender looking to get some revenge? Well, look no further! Here is a step by step guide to how you can go about extracting some vengeance. [Grantland]