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Friday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens need to match the Penguins’ aspirations

In today’s links, the attitude of the Penguins are an example for the Canadiens, what losing Shea Weber means to the club, and is Alex Ovechkin a Hart candidate?

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Pittsburgh Penguins v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Merely making the playoffs isn’t good enough for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and it’s a model that the Habs should seek to emulate. [Sportsnet]
  • With Shea Weber out, the Canadiens should face facts and hit the re-tool button. [The Hockey News]
  • Weber’s absence is exposing a weakness on the blueline for the Habs. [La Presse]
  • Will Weber the colossus be brought down by feet of clay? [La Presse]
  • Nick Suzuki is the first Habs rookie forward to top 35 points in his inaugural campaign since Chris Higgins in 2005-06. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Suzuki has rocketed up the Canadiens’ depth chart this year. [Hockey Inside/Out]
  • Cole Caufield is paying attention to Ilya Kovalchuk, and not just the Russian’s goal celebrations. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Canadiens currently have the league’s worst power play ... again. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Will NHL players be suiting up at the 2022 Winter Olympics? [31 Thoughts]
  • Jesse Puljujarvi headlines a list of ten prospects who could be moving at the Trade Deadline. [The Athletic]
  • Alex Ovechkin may be close to 700 goals, but where is he in the race for the Hart Trophy? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Phil Bourque’s quest to reconnect with old teammate Jaromir Jagr took him to Kladno. [The Athletic]
  • Carter Hart’s new mask honours the late Ray Emery. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Retired firefighter Rico Phillips is changing hockey in Flint, Michigan. [The Athletic]
  • The best... and worst linemate situations in the NHL. [TSN]
  • Where theatre and hockey meet: an analysis of embellishment in the NHL. [On the Forecheck]
  • Scouts reveal their biggest misses over the years. [ESPN+]
  • Sidney Crosby is happy that Friday night’s game against the Canadiens will be “French Language Night” (feat. Max Talbot as the PA announcer) at the PPG Paints Arena. [Montreal Gazette]