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Thursday Habs Links: Nikita Scherbak earning high praise from his WHL coach

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including the Habs defying analytics, praising Scherbak and the importance of regular season shot differentials.

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Montreal Canadiens

  • The Habs are a fancy stats nightmare but Carey Price continues to help his team defy the odds. [TSN 690]
  • Despite their troubling tendency to get outshot and over dependence on their goaltending, the Canadiens do not seem overly concerned about the worrying trend. [Medicine Hat News]
  • Subban, Prust and De La Rose seem to be in favour of a proposed rule change which may result in 3-on-3 play in overtime. [Sportsnet]
  • Habs prospect Nikita Scherbak earned high praise from his Everett Silvertips head coach Kevin Constantine. [Canadiens]
"I would describe Nikita as a really, really good human spirit. That goes a little bit beyond just being a coachable player."
  • Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Mike Condon attempted to learn a new skill of sorts. [Hamilton Bulldogs]

  • Make sure to listen to the newest Ice Level podcast, where the crew try to solve the conundrum that is the Habs' powerplay! [EOTP]

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov helped out a homeless man by buying him dinner and giving him enough money to stay at a hotel. [Edmonton Journal]
  • Learn how two of the NHL's top teams expertly turn their defense into offence and create scoring chances in the process. [NHL]
  • There are some pretty unusual goaltending records set in the NHL, but the most penalty minutes earned by a goaltender is pretty mind boggling. [Grantland]
  • With the NHL's regular season winding down, take a look at the odds faced by teams who are still struggling to make it to the playoffs. [Puck Daddy]
  • Regular season shot differentials play an important role in predicting playoff success in the WHL. [whl-from-above]
"Teams who get more shots than they give up tend to win more in the playoffs. That makes total sense when you are not just dealing with one-off situations, but extrapolate it over a full series. The team who has a recent history of generating more chances will give themselves a better chance to win games, and eventually a full series."