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Thursday Habs Headlines: Alexander Romanov being diverted to Montreal to serve quarantine

In today’s links, Romanov isn’t heading directly to Toronto hub, chemistry forming quickly for new-look second line, Chiarot’s importance to the team, Sidney Crosby’s return, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Alexander Romanov won’t be heading directly to Toronto after all. He’ll instead serve his quarantine period in Montreal. [Sportsnet]
  • Montreal’s scrimmage was played with plenty of pace yesterday — something Claude Julien know needs to carry into the qualifying round. []
  • Jonathan Drouin has been playing on a second line with Nick Suzuki and Joel Armia, and he’s liking the chemistry they’ve created. [Sportsnet]
  • The players are all bracing for a very different environment this year from the raucous playoff crowds we’re all accustomed to. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Charles Hudon knows his role in the Penguins series may be limited to practice duty. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Ben Chiarot believes whichever team gets into game shape the fastest will have the advantage in the qualifiers. [La Presse]
  • The defenceman will play a big role for the team in the post-season. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Seattle’s NHL franchise is expected to reveal its nickname today:
  • Sidney Crosby was back on the ice after missing a few games with a suspected injury. [PensBurgh]
  • Four of the players on the 31-man roster the Penguins send to Toronto will be goaltenders. [TribLive]
  • After completing his chemotherapy, Oskar Lindblom has signed a new three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Getting the players to the hub cities will be one task, but getting all of the equipment the teams will need is another. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  • While the health and safety of players in other leagues is a big concern, the NHL may have created quite a safe plan for its return. [The Globe & Mail]