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Friday Habs Headlines: Tomas Tatar hitting his stride in Montreal

In today’s links, Tomas Tatar is having a heck of a bounceback start as a Hab, the Canadiens have been surprisingly physical so far, and what’s wrong with the Blue Jackets’ special teams?

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • After being a healthy scratch at times in the Vegas desert, Tomas Tatar is thriving so far with the Habs. [TSN]
  • Jacob Olofsson will centre the first line for the Swedish U20 National Team as they prepare for the 4-Nations tournament in Hodonin, featuring themselves, Russia, Finland, and the host Czechs.
  • Being named one of the two captains of Team OHL for the CIBC Canada/Russia Series caps off a strong start to the season for Nick Suzuki. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Suzuki “has it all” according to his head coach Todd Gill. [CBC]
  • The forwards and goaltenders are exceeding statistical expectations ... but in opposite directions. [Radio-Canada]
  • According to the statisticians, the Canadiens are surprisingly robust when it comes to hitting. [Journal de Montreal]
  • 22 years after he dropped out, Steve Begin gets his high school degree. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Former Hab and current Swedish National Team assistant coach Peter Popovic has lost sight in one of his eyes following an operation. [Aftonbladet (Swedish)]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Down Goes Brown gives us a sneak preview of the schedule of events for this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony. [The Athletic]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets’ special teams have been terrible throughout John Tortorella’s tenure as head coach. Something needs to change. [The Cannon]
  • Brock Boeser left the Vancouver Canucks’ road trip to see a specialist about a lingering groin injury. [Sportsnet]
  • Ottawa Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk was activated from the injured reserve on Thursday. [ESPN]
  • The Reading Royals of the ECHL are set to debut new 3-D jerseys. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Perhaps unsurprisingly, the newly elected Ontario Progressive Conservative government is supporting the OHL in the fight to avoid paying its players. [Guelph Today]