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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Canadiens' power play is defying expectations

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens and the league, including the effectiveness of Montreal's power play, Holloway's AHL experience and problems with the NHL's advanced stats site.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Assistant coach J.J. Daigneault and coaching consultant Craig Ramsay have completely re-vamped Montreal's power play. The new 1-3-1 setup on the man advantage has helped the Canadiens' rank third in the league in power play efficiency. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Hockey Insider Darren Dreger is confident that Montreal's latest win will alleviate some of the pressure on rushing Carey Price's recovery process. [TSN 690]
  • Bud Holloway is making the most of his second opportunity to play in the AHL. As one of the oldest players on the St. John's IceCaps, Holloway is providing plenty of valuable advice for the younger guys on the team. [AHL]
  • Zachary Fucale is focused on bouncing back from a disastrous outing that saw him give up eight goals on 31 shots and explained why having selective amnesia is a good trait for goaltenders to have. [The Telegram]
  • Prospect Lukas Vejdemo feels more confident about making Team Sweden's World Junior Championship team but feels that his chances can be affected by the availability of Swedish players playing in North America. Vejdemo hopes that the team will also look at his performance in the SHL too, when determining whether he should make the team. [Hockey Sverige.se]
  • Canadiens legend Larry Robinson didn't hold back any punches, when he chirped then Chicago Blackhawks rookie Darren Pang:
  • What would make defenseman Greg Pateryn swipe right on Tinder?

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • The NHL has taken steps to rectify the errors in its advanced stats website, after TSN analytics writer Travis Yost wrote a rather scathing review of the NHL's incompetence when it came to providing fans with accurate information. [Puck Daddy]
  • If the San Jose Sharks do manage to trade veteran forward Patrick Marleau, he could find himself in some pretty rare company. [ESPN]
  • With 3-on-3 overtime and bigger nets being the topics du jour in the NHL, why not combine the two at the NHL All-Star game? P.K. Subban chirping Erik Karlsson over 3-on-3 overtime is also well worth the watch. [Sportsnet | 30 ThoughtsSubban]
  • Will this season mark the end of Jaromir Jagr's career? The Czech legend's recent struggles may indicate just that. [Bleacher Report]
  • ESPN's Craig Custance was on the The Hockey PDOcast to discuss the importance of balancing NHL teams' need to win now versus winning in the future. [Hockey PDOcast]
  • Former L.A. King Mike Richards' shocking decline caught teammates, coaches, and fans alike by surprise. Whatever problems Richards may have had off the ice, he never shared it with the people around him on the ice. [The Inquirer]
  • Why bother changing net sizes or reducing goaltender equipment, when there is a much simpler solution to the NHL's goal scoring issues? [The Elbow]