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Friday Habs Headlines: Jordan Weal and Christian Folin punching above expectations

In today’s links, Folin and Weal have pleasantly surprised, Bernie Parent talks about Plante and Price, and Kappo Kakko strengths his bid to go first overall at this year’s draft.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Depth acquisitions Christian Folin and Jordan Weal are showing unexpected upside. [Montreal Gazette]
  • There’s a lot of youngsters in the Habs locker room who would relish the experience of playing in the postseason. [Hockey Inside/Out]
  • With less than a dozen games remaining in the regular season, the Canadiens, having seen Carey Price pass Jacques Plante for all-time franchise wins by a goaltender, must now live in the present. [RDS]
  • Weal has had a hectic year, and looks to cap it off by playing a notable role for the Montreal Canadiens. [La Presse]
  • Hall-of-famer Bernie Parent finds himself forming almost a direct link between Price and Plante. [La Presse]
  • The Habs and Carolina Hurricanes game on March 24 will be broadcast on APTN in Plains Cree, a historic first. [CBC]

Scouting the other wild card contenders

  • Jarmo Kekalainen made the biggest splash at the trade deadline. How are his new charges fairing? [The Cannon]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are only 4-5-0 since the deadline though. Is it luck, or is there something more problematic? [The Athletic]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes are surging at just the right time. [USA Today]
  • Some of that recent run is fueled by stellar goaltending, which has helped to mask systemic failures in the Hurricanes’ game. [Canes Country]
  • Breaking down the playoff implications for each game of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ remaininc schedule. [Pensburgh]
  • Sidney Crosby’s passing game continues to evolve for the better, with scary implications for the rest of the league. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Evander Kane has issued a statement regarding the recent tragic death of his daughter. [Sportsnet]
  • Having notched his 22nd goal of the campaign, Kappo Kakko surpassed Aleksander Barkov for most goals in a Liiga season by an under-18 player. [Sportsnet]
  • Travis Yost previews the possible first round playoff matchups for each Canadian team still in the hunt. [TSN]
  • With the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs set to meet again in the first round of the playoffs despite having the second- and third-best records, respectively in the Eastern Conference, Brad Marchand isn’t particularly fond of the format. [TSN]
  • Stanchions are usually not a goaltender’s best friend, but Joel Hanley’s goal in an AHL game between the Texas Stars and Manitoba Moose takes the cake for stanchion puck luck. [ProHockeyTalk]