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Saturday Habs Headlines: Lars Eller maintains "no excuses" mantra

Here are your daily links for the Habs and around the league, including the importance of not becoming complacent, how Artturi Lekhonen is coming along in Sweden, if the Canadiens should regret selling Smith-Pelly, and whether there is a spot in the lineup for Mike Brown.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • "Losing is not acceptable" according to Lars Eller, who hopes veteran leadership will keep young players on the right track through losing skid. [JDM]
  • The morning show on TSN 690 discussed Artturi Lekhonen, and how he would fit with the current team and coaching staff, as well as what the future may hold for new acquisition Stefan Matteau. [TSN 690]
  • More from 690, do the Habs regret trading Devante Smith-Pelly for the aforementioned Matteau now that Smith-Pelly has a hot hand? Also, Tony Marinaro and Chris Nilan consider whether or not Mike Brown serves a purpose in the Habs lineup. [TSN 690 | DSPBrown]
  • While Brown's inclusion in the roster is a point of contention for many, head coach Michel Therrien appreciates what the enforcer brings to the club. [La Presse]
  • In case you missed it, the Canadiens have confirmed that P.K. Subban will remain on the sidelines as he will not play this weekend. [EOTP]
  • The Habs will be without another defenceman for the forseeable future as Mark Barberio has been put on the shelf indefinitely - the result of his "concussion-like symptoms". [EOTP]
  • Victor Bartley swipes right in the newest HabsTV video. [YouTube]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The Los Angeles Kings have experienced both peaks and valleys this season with wildly fluctuating results despite fairly consistent play. Ryan Lambert tries to explain why. [Puck Daddy]
  • Sports Illustrated's NHL roundtable discusses, among other topics, which teams might be most affected by an expansion draft. [SI]
  • Bad news for the Dallas Stars - the team will be without star forward Tyler Seguin for the next 3-4 weeks after the centreman had his achilles partially cut by a skate. [Eye on Hockey]
  • Philadelphia Flyers forward Chris VandeVelde was suspended for two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety after an elbow to the head of Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. [BSH]
  • Dennis Wideman will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a tricep injury. The Flames defenceman recently had his 20-game suspension for hitting a linesman cut in half. [Puck Daddy]