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Friday Habs Headlines: Pressure mounting

In today’s links, the spotlight intensifies in Montreal, investigating the causes for the Canadiens’ slump, and Canada’s mens and womens national teams make preparations for Beijing 2022.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The pressure is already mounting for the Canadiens. [TSN]
  • The Habs will need to rediscover their puck support in order to break out of this slump. [The Hockey Writers]
  • The numbers show that the Canadiens are slumping across the board. [TSN]
  • There’s a level of comfort that’s missing from Alexander Romanov’s play. [Hockey Inside/Out (Video)]
  • A timeline of the Canadiens and Hurricanes’ sudden rivalry. [CBC]
  • Marc Bergevin is doubtful that Shea Weber will ever play again. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Mathieu Perreault is adjusting to the Montreal spotlight. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The state of the captain’s “C” in today’s NHL. [ESPN]
  • “We have 100 minor boarding penalties a year in the NHL, and if every player reacted like [Larkin] after receiving one of those, we’d be a lot busier in our department”—an interview with George Parros. [ (Video)]
  • Which version of Patrik Laine will we see this season? [The Hockey News]
  • Carolina’s offer sheet gave Jesperi Kotkaniemi a chance to reset a career that had been “bungled” in Montreal, according to Ryan Kennedy. [The Hockey News]
  • Nine standout European prospects to keep an eye on. [The Hockey News]
  • Analyzing Connor McDavid’s one-timer on the power play. [Sportsnet]
  • Tyler Bertuzzi has not received the COVID-19 vaccine, so he will not be available for Detroit’s Saturday night game against the Canadiens. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Power rankings for potential candidates for Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team. [CBC]
  • According to Kevin Bieksa, the Sedins would change the spin on the puck depending on the handedness of the player they were passing to. [Pass it to Bulis]
  • The Canadian national women’s hockey team begin their preparations for the Beijing Olympics with exhibitions against the USA. [CBC]