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Monday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens’ struggles extend to all facets of the game, and that will take some fixing

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In today’s links, the Habs need help, but finding it will be difficult, playoff hopes are slipping away, and the captain’s shooting numbers.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The 2017-18 hockey season has been bad for the Canadiens, who may simply be a bad team. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Canadiens are indeed going to have to find a solution in the room, as it appears there is no help coming for the Habs. [TSN 690]
  • Max Pacioretty is shooting more than ever and is a small outburst away from being on par with his usual scoring pace. [Andrew Zadarnowski]
  • Claude Julien was frustrated with his club’s bitter loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. [La Presse]
  • Positive news may be on the horizon for Nikita Scherbak; the forward has been sent to the Laval Rocket, indicating he may be close to a return from an injury that has kept him out of the Habs’ last 21 games. [EOTP]
  • Charlie Lindgren is only a metro ride away from the Bell Centre and the Canadiens, though the road to a role in the NHL is slightly longer. [JdM]
  • Les Canadiennes played a hard-fought game and rallied late to beat the Toronto Furies. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Rumours have begun to swirl that the Ottawa Senators could be interested in evaluating trade possibilities for their franchise player, Erik Karlsson. [SSS]
  • The St. Louis Blues will be without the services of Jaden Schwartz for at least six weeks after he injured his ankle blocking a shot. [NHL]
  • Positive injury news: the Vegas Golden Knights have activated netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. [TSN]
  • Meanwhile in Nashville, P.K. Subban’s Predators are turning their season around since acquiring Kyle Turris. [NHL]
  • Despite neither player playing for Montreal, Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban’s friendship remains strong. [JdM]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are full of promise; former Habs defender and Stanley Cup champion Ron Hainsey is helping the Leafs learn what it takes to win it all. [NHL]
  • Non-traditional hockey markets are setting the hockey world’s expectations on their heads. [FRS]
  • With the World Juniors fast approaching, it seems Canada will not be able to count on the services of Tyson Jost and Samuel Girard. Both play for the Colorado Avalanche and the team says they don’t anticipate making either available. [MHH]
  • Travis Hamonic is launching a new charitable program to help bring indigenous families closer to their hockey heroes. [Sportsnet]
  • Max Talbot is learning about life in Russia as he continues his hockey career in the KHL. [JdM]
  • In Germany, the legendary “cheater” David Leggio was up to his old antics as he creatively turned a two-on-none rush into a penalty shot against, improving his odds of keeping the puck out of his net. [Puck Daddy]