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Sunday Habs Headlines: Nick Suzuki’s development into a two-way centre

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The centre’s 200-foot game, Muller’s new groove, the method to Vigneault’s madness, Tuukka Rask opts out, and more.

Montreal Canadiens v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Two Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Why Nick Suzuki plays so well in the middle of the ice. [Hockey Tactics]
  • Kirk Muller is a good option to stand in as the head coach for Montreal. [The Hockey News]
  • His passion for the game is quite contagious, says Paul Byron. [TSN]
  • The metamorphosis of Jesperi Kotkaniemi. [Journal de Quebec]
  • The 2018 third overall pick is making everyone forget about his difficult regular season. [LNH.com]
  • Max Domi is happy to play — and play well — on a line with Jonathan Drouin. [Journal de Montreal]
  • What was Alain Vigneault’s ultimate goal for his calling out of Kirk Muller after Game 2? [NBC Sports]
  • The Canadiens may be underdogs, but they’re also discovering they have a pretty competitive roster. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Why the Philadelphia Flyers getting blown out may have been a good thing for the team. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • The pandemic may keep the top European draft prospects out of the 2020-21 NHL season. [Sportsnet]
  • Bo Horvat is quickly becoming a star in these Stanley Cup Playoffs. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Tuukka Rask has opted out of the post-season to be with his family. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • Rod Brind’Amour spoke about the loss of Andrei Svechnikov, who went down with what looked like a serious knee injury in yesterday’s game. [Canes Country]
  • The Los Angeles Kings have suspended the person who portrays their mascot after reports of sexual harassment. [The Hill]
  • While this 24-team playoff format helped us all deal with the pandemic, don’t expect it to become the norm. [Sportsnet]