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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Underrated Jeff Petry critical to Canadiens’ success

In today’s links, Jeff Petry showed just how crucial he was to the Habs against the Capitals, Carey Price is still dealing with ups and downs as his season continues, and Yeo and McLellan are out behind the bench.

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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jeff Petry’s understated importance to the Canadiens was brought to the forefront on Monday night against the Washington Capitals. [Sportsnet]
  • Claude Julien credited heavy legs - the result of playing three lines against four - for the defeat against the defending champions. [Journal de Montreal]
  • A lot has happened between the bronx cheers that met Carey Price against the Buffalo Sabres and the standing ovation that greeted him versus the Washington Capitals. [The Athletic]
  • Dealing with his own consistency issues, Braden Holtby came to Carey Price’s defence. [RDS]
  • Max Domi is not the mythical 1C that the Habs have been searching for, but his play has put Marc Bergevin in a much better position to obtain one. [The Athletic]
  • Domi recently took to Instagram to answer questions about playing hockey with type 1 diabetes. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • 20 games into the season, the rebuild has already yielded a solid foundation. [Journal de Montreal]
  • And the speedy, exciting Habs are firmly in the playoff hunt. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Former Hab Tomas Plekanec will play at least two games with HC Kladno of the Czech 1. Liga. [Journal de Montreal]
  • The Ontario Provincial Police are looking for the original owner of a large trove of Habs collectables recovered from a raid. [London Free Press]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Patrice Bergeron, Vincent Trocheck, and Brooks Orpik are just a few of the well-known players finding themselves on the injured list these days. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Can newly-hired Ken Hitchcock save the Edmonton Oilers, or is this another blunder by general manager Peter Chiarelli? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The St. Louis Blues have fired head coach Mike Yeo, a move that may have been necessary to save their season. [The Hockey News]
  • Artemi Panarin may inform his agent next month regarding whether he is willing to sign a contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets or not. [TSN]
  • Despite the Uber incident, Matt Duchene is reportedly making progress on an extension with the Ottawa Senators. [TSN]
  • The New York Rangers should think twice about trading Chris Kreider. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • The Nashville Predators are helping a young fan from Northern Ireland with a terminal illness to live out his dream. [ESPN]