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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Jake Allen provides insurance — and reassurance

In today’s links, Jake Allen gives the Canadiens peace of mind when Carey Price is on the bench, another Jake—Evans—is gaining the head coach’s trust, and the NHL postpones another game due to COVID-19.

Montreal Canadiens v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jake Allen’s performance is a salve for a Canadiens team that has searched for stable backup goaltending for a long time. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • Two games, two Hart Trophy winners, one assist: how the Canadiens shut down Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. [Montreal Gazette]
  • An ECHL affiliate in Trois-Rivières gives the Habs tremendous flexibility when it comes to call-ups and development. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Jake Evans is winning Claude Julien’s trust. [Radio-Canada]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Tuesday night’s game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators has been postponed, as four members of the Hurricanes have been added to the COVID-19 list. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The Hurricanes’ situation is exposing gaps in the NHL’s testing protocol. [TSN]
  • The NHL’s experiment with microchipped “tracking” pucks is over, six days into the season. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Akim Aliu’s Hockey Diversity Alliance continues the fight over hockey’s racial reckoning, despite a fractious relationship with the NHL and its commissioner. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Sequestered in their own division, the Canadian teams will log ~34% fewer air miles this year than last. [TSN]
  • Why did the Colorado Avalanche trade Ian Cole to the Minnesota Wild for Greg Pateryn? [31 Thoughts]