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Friday Habs Headlines: Which team holds the advantage as the game heads outdoors?

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including a look at how the game changes when played outside, what the new year has in store for the team, and the return of Brendan Gallagher.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Do the Canadiens or the Bruins hold an advantage going in to the Winter Classic? [SN]
  • Pierre McGuire believes that the Habs slump has nothing to do with a lack of skill. [TSN 690]
  • The TSN 690 crew also takes a look at what 2016 may hold for the Habs. [TSN 690]
  • Mats Naslund says that the Winter Classic is like a family reunion. [JDM]
  • Check out this infographic on the Habs/Bruins rivalry. [RDS]
  • In case you missed it, Brendan Gallagher is back! [EOTP]
  • We aren't the only ones happy to see Gallagher returning: The kids back letssss gooo

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Newspapers, blogs and the different types of analysis consumers should expect [AIH]
  • Jarome Iginla is closing in on career goal number 600. []
  • Brad Marchand has apologized for the suspension that will keep him out of the Winter Classic today. [Eye on Hockey]
  • Things have simply not been going very well in Columbus this season, as both Aaron Portzline and Travis Yost examine. [Columbus DispatchTSN]
  • Related, the Ryan Johansen trade winds are still blowing. [Puck Daddy]
  • Canadiennes' star Marie-Philip Poulin discusses the CWHL/NWHL showdown at the Winter Classic, and more. [Sportsnet]
  • Former Hab Matt D'Agostini helped lift Canada to a Spengler Cup victory. [La Presse]
  • There is a growing divide between big- and small-budget schools in college hockey. [Grand Forks Herald]
Best wishes for a happy new year!