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Thursday Habs Headlines: Nikita Scherbak continues to show off his career potential

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Here are your daily links, including Scherbak’s success so far, a mayoral wager, fallout from Stars vs. Habs, and more.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Nikita Scherbak is starting to show off the offensive skill that made him a first-round pick. Especially on the power play. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Markham Thunder will be in Montreal this weekend to battle Les Canadiennes, but there is more at stake than just bragging rights for the two cities’ mayors. [Twitter]
  • Former Hab Greg Pateryn’s response to his collision with Andrew Shaw sparked even more discussion than the incident itself. [Sportsnet]
  • Antti Niemi had quite a night against his former team on Tuesday. [The Athletic]
  • Canadiens’ goalie prospect Cayden Primeau was named one of Hockey East’s First Team All-Stars. [Twitter]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • NHL general managers are in favour of expanding the playoff field, but is it the best option for the league? [The Athletic]
  • The scouts of several NHL teams are opting to skip this year’s IIHF U18 World Championship in Russia due to potential health concerns. [TSN]
  • Nashville’s Pekka Rinne continues to make a strong case as this year’s Vezina winner. [Sportsnet]
  • Nathan MacKinnon is turning heads in Colorado and across the league. [TSN]