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Friday Habs Headlines: Marco Scandella acquisition shows that Bergevin has his eyes on the playoffs

In today’s links, analyzing the Marco Scandella trade, wondering if injuries will derail the Habs pursuit of the postseason, and reliving the Winter Classic.

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Montreal Canadiens v Buffalo Sabres

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The trade for Marco Scandella says the Canadiens still have playoff aspirations. [Sportsnet]
  • Scandella represents an upgrade, says Marc Dumont. [The Athletic]
  • Francois Gagnon concurs, saying that the Montrealer’s physicality could complement Jeff Petry on the second pairing. [RDS]
  • ICYMI: Brendan Gallagher is out indefinitely with a concussion. [EOTP|Sportsnet]
  • The Habs’ pantry is full, but fans are growing hungry for the postseason. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Injuries like the one to Gallagher could prevent the Canadiens from reaching their goal. [Sportsnet]
  • Dale Weise didn’t hide his surprise to be recalled to the Canadiens. [Journal de Montreal]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Looking back at the Winter Classic in Dallas, a day capped off by a Stars comeback win. [Defending Big D]
  • Mason Marchment, making his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs, credits skating consultant and World Champion Barb Underhill for his progress. [Sportsnet]
  • Marc Crawford is hoping for a positive personal change after his suspension. [Sportsnet]
  • Justin Bourne offers five early thoughts for 2020, including whether this is the Ottawa Senators dream season, what’s going on in San Jose, and is Dustin Byfuglien coming back? [The Athletic]
  • The fans and players both want NHLers at the Olympics. Whether the league wants it is another matter. [The Athletic]
  • Presenting the All-Analytics All-Stars. [TSN]
  • The United States edged Canada 2-1 in overtime in the final of the U18 Women’s World Championship. [TSN]
  • Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter give their predictions for the second half of the season. [ProHockeyTalk (Video)]