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Friday Habs Headlines: The second unit is driving the Canadiens’ power play

In today’s links, a look at the Habs new and improved PP, their continued pursuit for a left defenceman, and looking back at Rask for Raycroft.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens power play has been much improved so far this year, but it’s not the first unit driving the offence. [Sportsnet]
  • The Habs are still looking for a left defenceman. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Could Marc-Edouard Vlasic be on the radar? [TVA Sports]
  • Claude Julien generally resists making changes for change’s sake. [The Athletic]
  • Jonathan Drouin is starting to deliver on his promise. [Habs Inside/Out (Video)]
  • Ex-Hab Rick Green can relate to Victor Mete’s goal drought. Fortunately, he won’t have to relate to it any longer! [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares will be out for at least two weeks with a broken finger. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • It’s early, but who might be available this trade deadline? [The Athletic]
  • Is there an attendance problem in Canadian cities? [The Hockey News]
  • D.J. Smith is searching for answers to the Ottawa Senators struggling power play. [TSN]
  • 500 games later, revisiting the Tuukka Rask-Andrew Raycroft trade. [The Athletic]
  • NHL power rankings: disturbing developments edition. [Sportsnet]
  • With eight points in six games, Max Pacioretty is starting to put it together in his second season in Vegas. []
  • Sixteen surprising stats of this young NHL season. [The Athletic]
  • The NHL has apparently fixed the error causing shot locations to be misreported.
  • Valentin Zykov of the Vegas Golden Knights has been suspended 20 games for a PED violation, the second player from that organization to receive such a penalty after Nate Schmidt. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Is the Edmonton Oilers’ hot start for real? [TSN]
  • An introductory primer to the Swiss NLA. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Goalie coaches evaluate Petr Cech’s first performance between the pipes on ice. [The Athletic]