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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Let the 2017 NHL playoffs begin!

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As we get ready for the start of the 2017 playoffs, catch up on the stage being set, the Habs’ mindset going in, and the emergence of Markov and Weber as a true number-one tandem.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens are healthy and quietly confident heading into their opening round series versus the New York Rangers. [Sportsnet]
  • On Habs Breakfast, Marc Dumont breaks down how the Habs have a true number-one defence pairing for the first time in a long while. [TSN690]
  • The Habs might not be here if not for their mid-season coaching change. [Arpon Basu]
  • In case you missed it, Ginette Reno will be back! [TVA]
  • The first-line centre is ready to go. [Instagram]
  • Steve Ott sings the praises of his new captain on and off the ice. [Eric Engels]
  • Claude Julien compared Artturi Lehkonen to another Frölunda Hockey Club player yesterday. [Eric Engels]
  • Alexei Emelin might be out for longer than just Game One. [Arpon Basu]
  • Andrew Berkshire looks at the matchup and believes that the Canadiens have a significant advantage going into this series. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • Our friends at the Rangers site continue their playoff preview by examining Montreal’s top-six forwards and potential X-factors. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Joel Lundqvist is quite frank in his assessment of his brother’s chances. [Patrik Bexell]
  • Carey Price: linguistic savant. [24CH]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Dimitri Filipovic and Andrew Berkshire break down all of the Eastern Conference playoff matchups. [The Hockey PDOcast]
  • Travis Yost breaks down the Canadian teams’ first-round chances line-by-line. [TSN]
  • NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for this summer’s entry draft. [SB Nation College Hockey]
  • Raw Charge categorizes Tampa’s players by type and create balanced lines. [Raw Charge]
  • Justin Abdelkader says goodbye to Joe Louis Arena. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Leon Draisaitl’s two points in the final game of the season may have cost Jack Eichel a $2 million bonus. [CBC]
  • Players, including Mark Scheifele, Ryan O’Reilly, and Nikolaj Ehlers, have already started to declare their intentions to play at the World Championship. [TSN]
  • Hockey Canada has selected a strong coaching staff for the Worlds team, led by Jon Cooper. [Hockey Canada]
  • Courtesy of Les Canadiennes defenceman and Concordia Stingers coach Julie Chu, the number of registered female hockey players in the USA has jumped tremendously from 1990 to today. [Twitter]
  • “Alexander Semin has not scored in 19 matches in a row. Will he break his goalless drought today? #MMGSKA” (Nyet was the correct answer). [KHL Twitter]