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Thursday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber restoring order to the Canadiens’ blue line

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Even after just a few games back, it’s clear how much the Habs benefit from Shea Weber. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi doesn’t need to leave Montreal for World Juniors. [TSN 690]
  • Carey Price and Shea Weber are among the NHLers under pressure to make the most of the remaining season. [Sportsnet]
  • Now that he’s made the jump to North America, Lukas Vejdemo continues to improve with Laval. [The Athletic]
  • The Habs players made their rounds at local hospitals on Wednesday to spread holiday cheer. [Canadiens]
  • Bob McKenzie reviews how likely it is that some Habs prospects to make Team Canada for World Juniors. [TSN 690]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • It might be impossible for anyone to ever break Gretzky’s goal record. Or Alex Ovechkin just might do it. [31 Thoughts]
  • Sometimes weird bounces still count as goals, but apparently not when it goes in off the referee in a less conventional fashion. [Deadspin]
  • The NHL’s top stars tend to carry the bulk of their team’s offence. [ESPN]
  • What does the future hold for Guy Boucher in Ottawa? [TSN]
  • Sam Cosentino’s December rankings for the 2019 draft have been released. [Sportsnet]
  • Weezer will be headlining this season’s Winter Classic game between the Blackhawks and the Bruins. [The Hollywood Reporter]