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Saturday Habs Headlines: Too much criticism for Max Pacioretty

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The Habs’ captain’s manufactured criticism, the start a long road trip, which player is on the path to an NHL trophy, and much more!

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Max Pacioretty is the target of an overabundance of criticism, and it shows a distinct lack of patience for a player who has put together several excellent seasons. [Radio-Canada]
  • Charles Hudon was hurt in practice on Friday and won’t be part of the lineup against the Red Wings in Detroit. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Canadiens are at the beginning of the longest road trip of the season to date. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • According to coach Michel Therrien, the trip comes at just the right time. [La Presse]
  • The most recent Call of the Wilde column talks about players who are hot, players who are cold and whether Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be a good add to the Habs. [Sportsnet]
  • It was a good night for the Habs’ OHL defencemen, as both Mikhail Sergachev and Victor Mete put their skill sets on display.
  • Taking a look at possible front-runners for NHL trophies at the quarter-mark of the season. [TSN]
  • GM Marc Bergevin was in California ahead of the arrival of his team, taking in a Sharks game, which shouldn’t be surprising as word has it the Habs have scouted San Jose quite a bit.
  • There are three ways to wear a helmet, and one is exclusive to Alexander Radulov. [imgur]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Radim Vrbata has returned to the Arizona Coyotes this season, and fellow SB Nation blog Five for Howling spoke with the veteran. [FFH]
  • What direction will George McPhee take with the Vegas Golden Knights? [La Presse]
  • The new stadium series jerseys for the Pittsburgh Penguins are unique, but not unanimously liked. [Puck Daddy]
  • Toronto Maple Leafs netminder Frederik Andersen opens up about his early-season struggles. [Sportsnet]
  • Sidney Crosby is scoring more, and there are possible reasons as to why. [Sportsnet]
  • Check out this great KHL clip in which a goalie almost gets burned while taking a drink. [YouTube]