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Thursday Habs Links: Eller eases the learning process

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including Eller's playoff motivations, Scherbak's availability and how analytics is faring against enforcers.

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Montreal Canadiens

  • Lars Eller is no stranger to the playoffs but the Danish centre realizes that this isn't the case for rookie winger De La Rose. In an effort to help out the young winger, Eller communicates in Swedish when the two are on the ice. [La Presse] (French)
  • Forward Nikita Scherbak is now available for the Canadiens to call up, as his Everett Silvertips were eliminated from the WHL playoffs. [TVA] (French)
  • Jeff Petry and his father, former major league baseball pitcher Dan Petry have come to quickly realize that playing for the Montreal Canadiens is an experience of its own. [La Presse] (French)
  • How does Dale Weise score the goals he scores? Montreal's fourth liner does not fall into any traditional categories. [EOTP]
  • Habs fans are everywhere…even where you least expect them! [Twitter]

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • The acceptance of analytics may have contributed to the phasing out of enforcers in the NHL. [Grantland]
  • The league should take a deeper look into how it doles out supplemental discipline for acts which threaten players' safety. The existing system is plagued with both inconsistency and fails to act as a deterrent. [Flamesnation]
  • The International Ice Hockey Federation is still negotiating to allow NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. [ESPN]
  • While not quite hockey related, read up on how a newer generation of sports fans embrace analytics and have come to view sports through a different perspective. [WSJ]
  • Watch as NHL rookies try their hands at figuring out how to figure skate! [Youtube]