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Tuesday Habs Links: Canadiens would likely miss playoffs without Price

Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including further evidence of Carey Price's Hart-worthy season, and a look at what it will take to beat the high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning this evening.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • James Mirtle offers a fantastic read on Carey Price's Hart-worthy season. The star goalie has the Habs on a league best 112-point pace. However, if he wasn't in net, projections illustrate that the team would likely miss the playoffs. [Globe and Mail]
  • Price met the media yesterday as the team returned home from a four game road trip. He says that the Canadiens are really looking forward to "the fun part of the season." Newcomers Jeff Petry, Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn, who will make their Bell Centre debuts this evening, met the media in Brassard for the first time. [RDS]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning are in town tonight for the first off three critical meetings with the Habs over the final 16 games of the season. By all indications, Manny Malholtra, P.A. Parenteau and Mike Weaver will remain healthy scratches. [La Presse]
  • Gaston Therrien and the guys over at RDS look at what it will take for the Canadiens to defeat the Lightning, while examining if leading scorer Max Pacioretty is more complete of a player than superstar Steven Stamkos[RDS]
  • It appears as though Alexei Emelin is primed to return at some point this week. Although the defenseman won't suit up this evening, he could very well return to the lineup by the weekend. [TVA]
  • Is head coach Michel Therrien a poor communicator? Ice Level's main topic tries to answer the aforementioned question. The trio also gushes about how great P.K. Subban has been this season despite very little praise. [EOTP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • There's no doubt Alex Ovechkin is having an amazing season. The Washington Capitals star leads the league with 44 goals. Despite his dominance on the score sheet, he's often criticized for his poor even strength play. But is he to blame? Chris Boyle offers his take. [Sportsnet]
  • How good of a signing has Jiri Hudler been for the Calgary Flames? He was named the NHL's first star of the week with four goals, four assists for eight points in just four games. The Flames took home 7 of 8 points on the road during that span. Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was named second star, while Cam Talbot of the New York Rangers was named third star. [NHL]
  • Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was a healthy scratch against the New York Islanders last night. The 24-year-old forward took full responsibility for sleeping in and missing a team meeting. [TSN]
  • A referee made NHL history last night. Evgeny Romasko became the first Russian referee to call a game in the league. [Puck Daddy]
  • Ben Makuch offers an interesting and thought provoking piece on a very terrible trend that appears to be forming in junior hockey. [VICE]
  • New Jersey Devils tough guy Jordin Tootoo has gone through a lot in his NHL career. Overcoming many of life's curveballs, he finds himself happy and playing in the Garden State. But he hasn't forgotten the totally different world that he came from. [Hometown Hockey]