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Saturday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien — “One of the bright spots this season so far is Brendan Gallagher’s play”

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In today’s links, the coach praises his best player, the sniper is firing blanks, Poehling and Mete go head-to-head, and more

Montreal Canadiens Practice Session & Media Availability Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien specifically singled out Brendan Gallagher as the Canadiens’ best player after practice yesterday. [Montreal Gazette]
  • It’s not just the lack of offensive production frustrating Jonathan Drouin and his teammates, but a lack of scoring chances. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Very soon, Max Pacioretty’s scoring drought could be measured not only in games, days, and weeks, but months as well as he faces a goalless December. [Montreal Gazette]
  • He knows he has to figure out a way to snap out of his funk. [Journal de Montreal]
  • It may be the last game of a road trip, but it may as well count as the first game of a homestand for the Canadiens, who will likely have the crowd on their side in Florida tonight. [La Presse]
  • In case you missed it, we posted a recap of the outdoor World Juniors game yersterday. [EOTP]
  • Our Scott Matla spoke with Ryan Poehling and Victor Mete after the game. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Where do little athletes come from? The nationalities of players in professional leagues across the globe are detailed, in interactive chart form. [New York Times]
  • Goalies have been personalizing their masks for decades, and now the same level of customization is beginning to be seen on the rest of their equipment as well. [NHL.com]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights have earned an expansion-franchise record sixth win in a row, and also have points in each of their last 11 games. Here’s the recap of the latest victory, versus the Los Angeles Kings, from SB Nation’s newest hockey site. [Knights On Ice]