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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Merry Christmas, Habby Holidays!!

The Canadiens celebrate Christmas, looks at Montreal’s year so far, discussions about defense, the Sabres’ secondary scoring woes, All-Star selection, WJC talk, and more in today’s links

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Habs have taken to social media to wish the world a Merry Christmas!
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  • The Habs have been much better than expected thus far. What will they need to keep this going? [Journal de Montreal]
  • Shea Weber has only been back for 13 games, but he’s already had quite the revolving cast of defensive partners. [Journal de Montreal]
  • On Victor Mete, the meandering path that began with his NHL debut alongside Shea Weber, took him through the lineup, down to the AHL, and now sees him back beside the Captain. [La Presse]
  • Teams always want to enter the Christmas break on a high note. The Habs have done that. How did they manage it, and where do they go from here? [Le Journal de Quebec]
  • 10 players to keep an eye on during this year’s WJC tournament, includes Habs prospects Nick Suzuki, Josh Brook, Ryan Poehling and Jacob Olofsson. [TVA]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Rebecca Johnson is on a mission to see Canada back on top. [The Ice Garden]
  • Not all bad days are created equal. [Twitter]
  • Considering that it’s Christmas, check out some of the things that might be on various teams’, or players’, wishlists for the season! [The Guardian]
  • Alexis Lafrenière’s presence at the World Juniors for Canada is just the latest accolade in an already impressive junior career. [La Tribune]
  • Merry Christmas from Team Sweden! [Twitter]
  • Pensburgh takes a trip down Memory Lane to a remarkable Mario Lemieux goal. [Pensburgh]
  • Max Pacioretty is back (except maybe not?) [Knights on Ice]
  • Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Jeff Skinner are absolutely on fire. Unfortunately, the Sabres’ secondary scoring is ice cold. [Die by the Blade]
  • Unless you live under a rock, you know that Tampa Bay has been one of the juggernauts of the NHL this year. Here’s a deeper look at just how good they are. [Raw Charge]
  • Sergei Bobrovsky, Morgan Rielly, and Nikita Kucherov are your three stars of the week. [NHL]
  • The NHL is facing issues in selecting NHL All-Stars, considering that there are many teams who have an astonishing amount of players enjoying stellar seasons. [Sportsnet]
  • The transfer fees the NHL pays when a European player joins their ranks can be hugely beneficial for the league and country which develops them—something that can only be good news for the growth of hockey [Sportsnet]