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Thursday Habs Headlines: Paul Byron reminds us why he’s a crucial part of the lineup

In today’s links, Byron’s absence was felt in a big way, Tatar heads back to Montreal for further evaluation, what the Habs should do as the season ends, and more.

Vancouver Canucks v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal News and Notes

  • Since returning from knee surgery, Paul Byron has a 3-3-6 record. His injury may have been the most painful for the Canadiens. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Tomas Tatar returns to Montreal for further evaluation on an upper-body injury he sustained against the Islanders on Tuesday night. [Sportsnet]
  • Mattias Norlinder was awarded the Golden Cage as the best junior playing in HockeyAllsvenskan this season. [EOTP]
  • Why a lead on home ice is kryptonite for the Canadiens and what the team should do as the season winds down. [Montreal Gazette]
  • There’s always time for a little Rock-Paper-Scissors!

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The 31 best bargains — a list of the players who over-deliver on their entry-level deals or veteran role players able to make good on their modest contracts. [Sportsnet]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild have potential for late-season push into playoffs. [NHL]
  • A seventh straight victory has the Flyers believing they’re capable of more than just a playoff berth. [NHL]
  • T.J Oshie tells the story behind the Washington Capitals handshakes