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Saturday Habs Links: Is the Habs-Leafs rivalry still alive?

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Here are your daily links, including the Habs reading nice tweets about themselves, why Habs-Leafs is no longer a rivalry, a comparison between Montreal and Nashville's defense, and more.

Oct 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; A goal is disallowed after Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher (11) crashes into Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) at the Air Canada Centre. Montreal defeated Toronto 4-3. Mandatory Cred
Oct 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; A goal is disallowed after Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher (11) crashes into Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) at the Air Canada Centre. Montreal defeated Toronto 4-3. Mandatory Cred
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Montreal Canadiens

  • Dale Weise points out that the Oilers are one of the more annoying teams to face, because they have nothing to lose, so they're not afraid of losing. Also: Jiri Sekac could sit out tonight's game for the first time this year. "I don't know any bad games, but it hasn't been one of my best." [La Presse] (French)

  • Michel Therrien after the Oilers loss: "We didn't deserve a point tonight." [NBC Sports]

  • Heat map comparison of shots faced by Carey Price vs. Pekka Rinne, which tells you a lot about Montreal's allowed shots vs. Nashville's. [Reddit]

  • Habs vs. Leafs on Valentine's Day? What could have been a great sports narrative about love and hatred, between two hockey teams both alike in dignity, is no longer present. Here's why Leafs-Habs is no longer a rivalry. [TSN 690] (Podcast)

  • P.K. Subban's ideal valentine's celebrity date(s) include Oprah.

"How many dates are you going to go on?" "Let me pick one more...there's gotta be one more."

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • 5 defensemen who could be potential trade targets for the Chicago Blackhawks. [Second City Hockey]

  • And with that bold move acquiring Evander Kane, welcome to Tim Murray's Buffalo Sabres. What can we tell about a guy trying to drag the worst team in the league to a Cup championship? [Die by the Blade]

  • Watch Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin play a fun Valentine's prank on their mothers. Note: Benn's mother is so calm about news of her son hiding a girlfriend for several years before their sudden marriage, because yeah, that seems like a thing normal people do. [Defending Big D]

  • Toronto seems to be reaching a boiling point with Kessel and Bozak, could a change of scenery be in both their futures? Too bad trading an elite forward at age 27 is a terrible idea. [Sportsnet]

  • Eliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts has the usual assortment of goodies, including his take on the Kessel situation. Check out this quote: [Sportsnet]

1. In researching potential Evander Kane deals, one GM had a good philosophy: "Wait to see who loses in the first round, because those are usually the most pissed-off teams."