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Friday Habs Headlines: Ryan Poehling seeks the national title

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In today’s links, Ryan Poehling leads the St. Cloud Huskies into the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament, Nikita Scherbak’s stock is rising, and a post-mortem on the 2017-18 Edmonton Oilers.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Ryan Poehling, whose St. Cloud State Huskies enter the NCAA Tournament as the top seed, is setting his sights on the national title. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Poehling isn’t the only Canadiens prospect taking centre stage at the tournament. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Doomed by the performances of their top players and their defensive problems, the Canadiens have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. [NHL.com]
  • Are the Habs taking a risk by playing Carey Price with the season lost and fans tuning out? [Hockey I/O (Video)]
  • Evaluating Mike Reilly’s strengths and weaknesses. [The Athletic]
  • Lukas Vejdemo recorded an assist in his first playoff game as Djurgården defeated Linköping 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead. He should probably abandon any hopes of a soccer career, though. [Patrik Bexell]
  • A bizarre goalie interference non-call played a role in a wild loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Sportsnet]
  • Nikita Scherbak features on THN’s list of the top 10 rising prospects this year. [The Hockey News]
  • The Canadiens are giving a chance to Anthony Beauregard, signed to a tryout contract by the Laval Rocket. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Pegged by some as pre-season Stanley Cup champions, what happened to the Edmonton Oilers? [TSN]
  • Patrik Laine could miss up to two weeks with a foot injury. [Sportsnet]
  • Darren Dreger thinks the Nashville Predators have the NHL’s gold standard blue-line corps. [TSN (Video)]
  • Hayley Wickenheiser is fighting concussions in hockey. [The Athletic]
  • Is there an objective way to determine the “best defenceman” in the NHL? [The Athletic]
  • For the 17: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s journey to the state hockey championship. [TSN (Video)]
  • Julien Gauthier headlines THN’s list of top 10 falling prospects this year. [The Hockey News]
  • The burdens of an NHL goaltender are unlike those of position players, and are rarely matched in the sporting world. [Toronto Star]