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Saturday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien is trying to encourage Alex Galchenyuk, not punish him

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Everyone is weighing in on the team’s lack of goals, porous defence and wondering what’s happening with Alex Galchenyuk. Plus scary goalie masks, CWHL season previews, and still much more in today’s links.

Chicago Blackhawks v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Head Coach Claude Julien confirms the plan is not to try to bury Galchenyuk, but to help him. [TSN]
  • Andrew Berkshire examines the Habs’ offensive dry spell. [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadiens’ appear to have a scoring problem if you look quickly, but a deeper look shows the actual worry lies with the defence. [RDS]
  • Marc Denis tries to answer the question of how Montreal’s blue line got to where it is today. [TSN 690]
  • Hockey insider Bob McKenzie joins the Morning Show to talk about where Alex Galchenyuk should be playing. [TSN 690]
  • Carey Price remembers when things weren’t too great for him, but with patience and support, he’s become a world class talent:
  • Like Montreal, the Winnipeg Jets have been struggling, but it’s too early for fans of either team to hit the panic button. [Sportsnet]
  • After clearing waivers, it’s now expected that Mark Streit will not report to the Laval Rocket, and instead weigh his options. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • What’s it like being a hockey mom seeing her son debut in the NHL? Here’s what Mary Mete had to say about her experience in Buffalo. [Canadiens]
  • Éric Gélinas is modelling his game after Shea Weber, not a bad way to play. [RDS]
  • Jared Book looks into the crystal ball and previews Les Canadiennes’ new season. [The Ice Garden]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Take a gander at how all these new slashing penalties are affecting the league so far. [Sportsnet]
  • Roberto Luongo is now the 4th winningest goaltender in NHL history, having tied Curtis Joseph. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Shawn Thornton made a living by punching people, but admits the real fighters are people like his nan. [The Player’s Tribune]
  • Having just survived another Friday the 13th, take a look at the 13 scariest goalie masks of all time. [NHL]
  • Craig Anderson has been doing some auto racing, and feels that it’s helping his game between the pipes. [NHL]
  • Here’s a funny story about Doug Gilmour, Felix Potvin and punk rock at the Opera House in Toronto. [Mike Commito]
  • The CWHL live streaming service is back again for the 2017-18 season - get the full game schedule and info here. [The CWHL]
  • It’s a whole new season for the CWHL, with new teams, new destinations and more games. See who the top ten players to watch are this year. [The Ice Garden]
  • Hockey is an increasingly international sport, which means adapting as it grows: