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

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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]