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Saturday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty stepping up his game at the right time

Your daily links, including a look at the hot hand of Max Pacioretty, debating the status of Carey Price, the kids are alright, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Throughout team struggles and teammate injuries, the captain’s increased production couldn’t have come at a better time. [TSN]
  • Over the last two months, in fact, Max Pacioretty is scoring at a higher pace than everyone in the NHL. [Patrick Friolet]
  • Eric Engels joined Steve Kouleas and Mike Johnson to talk about the Montreal Canadiens snapping their losing streak despite a rare poor performance in net. [NHL Gameday]
  • What exactly is going on with Carey Price anyways? Marc Denis takes a look at possible factors. [RDS]
  • Bob McKenzie feels that Carey Price, the professional that he is, will bounce back just fine. [TSN 690]
  • Vladimir Tarasenko might not get considered the best goal-scorer in the league, but his numbers are impressive. Pacioretty is no slouch in this department either. [James Mirtle]
  • Shea Weber hasn’t changed his ways, and he doesn’t pay attention to off-ice talk. [Fanrag Sports]
  • Montreal heads towards a bye week, but two important games remain before they can take their foot off the gas. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Boston Bruins’ defenceman Torey Krug got to know Jeff Petry back in school, and goes behind enemy lines to dish on his former teammate. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The St. John’s IceCaps are fighting hard to get back into the playoffs after failing to achieve post-season play for the last five seasons. [Sportsnet]
  • Mikhail Sergachev added a short-handed goal and lots of offensive pressure to keep himself among the top defenders in the OHL. [Mitch Brown]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Mike Ilitch passes away at 87. He will be remembered as a humble and successful titan. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Mikko Koivu was born in Finland, but he’s all Minnesota. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Seventy-five years ago, the Canadiens showed tremendous respect to bitter rivals among the Boston Bruins. [Jeff Marek]
  • From the outside looking in, many say fighting no longer has a place in hockey, but what do NHL players think? [ESPN]
  • Joe Juneau’s grassroots hockey program targeting indigenous players in Northern Canada will need to replace funding if it expects to continue past this season. [La Presse]
  • Damon Kwame Mason looks back at his 2015 film Soul On Ice, a documentary on the history of black hockey players. [NHL]
  • According to Commissioner Brenda Andress, the CWHL now has sponsorship from the NHLPA. [Jared Book]
  • Jeffrey Loria is selling himself out of baseball ownership, and it’s about time. [Yahoo! Sports]