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In today’s links, don’t call Max Domi’s line the fourth, Brett Kulak discusses life with COVID-19, why Jacques Plante refused to stay at the Royal York, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Rather than seeing Max Domi as a fourth-line centre, Claude Julien believes it shows how much quality the Habs can run throughout their forward lineup. [La Presse | Montreal Gazette]
  • Brett Kulak outlines what he says was an eight-day battle with COVID-19. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Xavier Ouellet felt no symptoms after his results came in, and thinks it may have actually been a false positive. [Montreal Gazette]
  • In the 1950s, Jacques Plante refused to sleep at the Royal York hotel that will now serve as Montreal’s temporary home in Toronto. [NHL.com]
  • Alex Belzile has always overcome adversity with hard work, and that’s why he’s gotten so close to earning time in the NHL. [Canadiens.com]
  • Cayden Primeau offers a look into what his time away from the rink has been like:
  • He discussed some of the off-ice training he touched on in the video to our Julian McKenzie earlier in the year. [EOTP]
  • Artturi Lehkonen knows the best way to stop the Pittsburgh Penguins’ power play is to not give it any chances. He believes he and his teammates will need to be smart about how they defend when that idealistic plan inevitably fails. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Sidney Crosby hopes he’ll be well enough to play the exhibition game before jumping directly into the qualifier versus Montreal. [NHL.com]
  • Corey Crawford was on the ice with the Blackhawks for the first time after being forced to quarantine following a positive test. [Second City Hockey]
  • John Chayka may be mulling over another job opportunity, putting his return as Arizona Coyotes GM in question. [Sportsnet]
  • Some of the top questions left to be answered before teams head to the hubs. [NHL.com]
  • Dougie Hamilton is once again out of action for the Carolina Hurricanes, but this absence may not be as long. [Sportsnet]
  • Crews are wrapping up their projects at the hub arenas in time for post-season games to begin in just a few days. [NHL.com]
  • Expect to see plenty of new camera angles this post-season. [NHL.com]