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

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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]