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Here are your daily links including Gallagher returns, familiar woes, Canadiens offensive troubles, and Crosby’s big heart

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Montreal News and Notes

  • Things aren’t looking good for the Habs as they enter the bye week
  • Case and point:
  • There’s a sense of desperation coming from the Habs lately, and Michel Therrien hopes the return of Brendan Gallagher will help pick up the lack of secondary scoring we’ve seen as of late. [Montreal Gazette]
  • In the latest edition of Habs Breakfast, Andrew Zadarnowski discusses said lack of secondary scoring and more. [TSN]
  • The pressure for the Atlantic Division race to the playoffs is piling on as the Canadiens work on solving their inconsistent offense while other teams are quickly catching up. [Fanrag Sports]
  • Instead of being the strength it’s become expected to be, goaltending has turned into an unexpected weakness for the Canadiens during their recent woes. [Sportsnet]
  • Three Colorado Avalanche reps, including GM Joe Sakic, attended the Canadiens/Bruins game on Sunday. [Twitter]
  • Catch a few of Mikhail Sergachev’s best moves against the Kingston Frontenacs.

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Sidney Crosby is a genuinely good person who displays his heart both on and off the ice. [Post Gazette]
  • Who’s up for a little mascot dodgeball? The Washington Capitals, that’s who! [Yahoo Sports]
  • Team Russia takes home the trophy for the 2017 Swedish Hockey Games. [Twitter]
  • The Swiss Canton voted decisively against bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in a referendum. [Inside the Games]
  • Chinese billionaire, Zhou Yunjie, wants to work with the NHL to bring the sport to a country of 1.4 billion people, and the feeling is mutual. [The Hockey News]