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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Can the Canadiens upset the Penguins?

In today’s links, sizing up Montreal’s play-in opposition, Alexander Romanov is still waiting for contract clarity, and the NHL moves forward with its Return to Play plan.

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Montreal Canadiens v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Can the Habs upset the Pittsburgh Penguins, and how? [TSN]
  • A Canadiens team that likes to attack on the transition will face a Penguins team first in the league in zone-entry denials. [The Point (Video)]
  • Do the Penguins need to account for Montreal’s shot volume? [PensBurgh]
  • The Canadiens and Alexander Romanov are still waiting on how to proceed with contract negotiations. [Sportsnet]
  • A third group of Habs players hit the Brossard ice yesterday, making for 19 players in total. [La Presse]
  • And last night they learned that they’re one step closer to playing actual games:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The daily schedule for the NHL’s Return to Play plan is taking shape. [TSN]
  • Rene Fasel and the IIHF are encouraged by the NHL’s potential return to Olympic competition for 2022. [CBC]
  • Dr. Isaac Bogoch of Toronto General Hospital weighs in on when it will be safe to resume youth/amateur sport — and in what form? [The Athletic]
  • How many positive tests would be too many for the NHL? [The Athletic]
  • What are the X-factors that will shape the 2020 NHL playoffs? [ESPN]
  • The top 10 goaltender prospects who have their NHL rights spoken for. [The Athletic]
  • What prospects should Seattle target — and avoid — in the expansion draft? [The Athletic]
  • The NHLPA is in court to fight a lawsuit brought forward by an alleged whistleblower. [TSN]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks have no intention of changing their name. [CBC]