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

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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?

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]