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Wednesday Habs Links: Pacioretty to miss Thursday's game against the Red Wings

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including playing without Pacioretty for the time being, Subban's ability to take his game to another level and why Crosby's not to blame for Pittsburgh's slump.

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Montreal Canadiens news and links

  • The Canadiens will be without their leading goal scorer on Thursday, when they take on the Detroit Red Wings. There will be no updates on Pacioretty's status until he meets with his doctor in Montreal. [Sportsnet]
  • Just how important have the core of Price, Subban and Pacioretty been for the Montreal Canadiens? Losing Max Pacioretty may just mean an early exit from the playoffs for the Habs. [TSN 690]
  • One of PK Subban's many strengths is his penchant for getting under the skin of his opponents. Yet even this ability, hasn't stopped defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from acknowledging Subban's tendency to elevate his game when it matters most. [The Players' Tribune]
"To me, he really came into his own during the series against Boston last year. Winning the Norris trophy was big but ultimately you're judged by how you perform when things get tight in the playoffs."

  • It's Carey Price's herculean performance in net which has kept the low scoring Habs among the top Eastern Conference teams. His efforts should be enough to win him the Hart over the traditionally more favoured high scoring forwards. [LA Times]
  • Is an unlikely rivalry brewing between the Tampa Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens? The two teams have gone head to head nine times in the over the last two regular seasons and the Lightning have a commanding 8-1 record in that span. The Habs however, sport a perfect 4-0 record versus the Lightning in the playoffs. [Along The Boards]
  • Check out where Dale Weise stands among the ten best comeback stories in the 2014-2015 NHL season. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Hamilton Bulldogs' rookie sensation Charles Hudon is doing his best to keep Hamilton's fading playoff hopes alive, earning player of the week honours in the process! [EOTP]

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • How does this year's ultra-competitive Central division stack against similarly tough divisions of the past? [Grantland]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks may see Patrick Kane return to their lineup ahead of schedule. The Hawks forward has been sidelined with a collarbone injury, which was originally expected to keep him out for 12 weeks. [Puck Daddy]
  • The seemingly ageless Jaromir Jagr is probably going to resign with the Florida Panthers. Despite falling just short of making the playoffs, the Panthers boast a young and talented roster, one which may have just encouraged Jagr to play for one more season. [Sportsnet]
  • Sidney Crosby is not to blame for the Pittsburgh Penguins' recent woes. The NHL's premier player has continues to be dominant, even while the team around him has been unluckier than in years past. [TSN]
  • Speaking of Crosby, he can also score incredible goals such like these. [SB Nation]