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Friday Habs Headlines: The Top of the Power Rankings

In today’s links, Montreal heads a power rankings list for the first time in a long time, John Lu opens up about a difficult year, but Covid-19 is still making its presence felt around the hockey world.

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Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs take over top spot on Sportsnet’s Power Rankings. [Sportsnet]
  • John Lu opens up about how various circumstances this past year have taken a toll on his mental health. [TSN (Video)]
  • Jeff Petry has been a huge plus for the Canadiens so far. [Montreal Gazette]
  • After many years of searching, the Habs have found the perfect ECHL fit in Trois-Rivières. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Jimmy Howard has announced his retirement after 11 seasons. []
  • John Tortorella has no regrets about how he handled Pierre-Luc Dubois. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Are the Colorado Avalanche not as good as many think they are? [The Athletic]
  • With NBC set to shutter NBC Sports Network, it’s time NHL fans got acquainted with Peacock. [The Athletic]
  • Thursday’s game between the Vegas Golden Knights and St. Louis Blues has been postponed due to Covid-19 protocol. [TSN]
  • Matthew Tkachuk’s rise to prominence mimics that of one Brendan Gallagher. [TSN]
  • The Metropolitan Riveters have withdrawn from the NWHL’s tournament after several members of the organization tested positive for Covid-19. [Sportsnet]
  • With Jim Rutherford’s shock resignation, what is the state of the Pittsburgh Penguins? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • It’s important that society looks past the “stoic athlete” stereotype when it comes to mental health. [Sportsnet]
  • Hockey, where you might least expect it.