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Monday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien is not worried about his defence heading into the qualification round

In today’s links, Julien expects to have his defence ready come play-in time, the Canadiens are treating the qualification round as if it’s the playoffs, lessons learned from the 2016 World Cup could help predict what happens with the current playoff format, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Claude Julien says there are no worries regarding the Canadiens’ defence and they’re hoping things will fall into place as we near the qualification round. [RDS]
  • The Canadiens may be the underdogs against Pittsburgh but they have nothing to lose, so the end result could be surprising. [The Score]
  • Since his return on March 11, Noah Juulsen has been feeling great and could be the feel-good story of the Candiens training camp. [Montreal Gazette]
  • It may not technically be the playoffs, but Nick Suzuki and team are going to treat their five-game play-in set against the Penguins like it is. [Bay Today]
  • Andrew Zadarnowski discusses how the power play is the key to victory. [TSN 690]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • After leaving the team’s intra-squad scrimmage early on Saturday, Sidney Crosby did not take to the ice for the team’s practice on Sunday. [CBC]
  • There’s not much room for error as we head into this crazy playoff format and NHLers say that fans can expect some fast and wild games. [Sportsnet]
  • The lessons learned during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey could determine who packs up early and who battles for hockey’s storied trophy. [TSN]
  • A look back with Hockey Card History’s best ‘business in the front, party in the back’ haircuts. [Sportsnet]