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Sunday Habs Headlines: Cheering for the underdog

In today’s links, why neutral fans may choose the Habs, disrupting the Penguins, why Tampa Bay wants to face Montreal, Matt Dumba’s Hockey Diversity Alliance speech, and more.

Montreal Canadiens v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs have the longest shot of any team in the 24-team post-season format, and that makes them an easy favourite for the neutral Canadian fan. [CBC]
  • Before the series began, Tomas Plekanec said the key would be disrupting the Penguins’ forwards. [RDS]
  • Which players in the Habs-Pens series benfited the most from the lengthy pause? [RDS]
  • Why the Tampa Bay Lightning want to play the Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. [Raw Charge]
  • Max Domi offers his keys to living life with a compromised immune system. []

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Canadian hockey fans may have to adapt to a completely different season for hockey, but it will be hockey all the same. [CTV News]
  • It’s also a summer of complete uncertainty in projecting winners. [La Presse]
  • Teams have had no issue getting into the playoff spirit. [The Washington Post]
  • Watch Matt Dumba’s Hockey Diversity Alliance speech from the opening of the Oilers-Blackhawks game yesterday. [Sportsnet]
  • Mark Scheifele left last night’s Jets-Flames game with a leg injury. [Sportsnet]
  • Pittsburgh waited until yesterday to announce their starting goaltender, and that has been a common decision for teams running tandems in the post-season. []
  • The Oilers “weren’t ready” for yesterday’s opener. [Sportsnet]
  • Drake Caggiula will have a hearing for his hit on Tyler Ennis in yesterday’s game. []