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Friday Habs Headlines: Getting back in top gear

In today’s links, the Canadiens need to get back to the form that they showed at the start of the year, Joël Bouchard has a balancing act on his hands, and a look at the Red Deer Rebels’ unique living quarters for this WHL season.

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NHL: FEB 13 Canadiens at Maple Leafs Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens need to return to the level of aggression that they had to start the year. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • A bloated roster and a shortened season means that Laval Rocket head coach Joël Bouchard has a delicate balancing act on his hands. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Kaiden Guhle and Alex Belzile remain out of the lineup for the Rocket as they prepare to face the Belleville Senators for the fourth straight game. [RDS]
  • Has Carey Price played well this year? An in-depth look at every goal that Price has allowed thus far. [The Athletic]
  • No pain, no gain for the Habs’ young centres. [Montreal Gazette]
  • After a week off, the Habs face 41 games in 78 days to close the season. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The unique season means a pause on the Canadiens-Bruins rivalry, but the pot could easily boil over if the two teams face off in the playoffs... or even the Stanley Cup Finals. [FiveThirtyEight]
  • Jordan Harris talks about how he sees his game, the responsibility that comes with being a veteran, and the importance of being a student-athlete. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Behind the scenes: how the Habs are staying safe.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • How long is Taylor Hall going to stay in Buffalo? [TSN]
  • GM Doug Armstrong says that there are 10-11 locks for Canada’s 2022 Olympic Team. [TSN]
  • A look inside the Centrium, now the home for the Red Deer Rebels on and off the ice for the WHL season. [The Athletic]
  • “It’s part of my history”: how Colorado’s Nordiques-modeled reverse retro jerseys are more than just a fashion statement for some. [The Athletic]
  • The officiating crews have so far managed to avoid the COVID-19 complications that many NHL teams have faced so far. [RDS]

The wide world of sports

  • Yoshiro Mori, who resigned due to sexist comments, has been replaced as President of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee by seven-time Olympian Ms. Seiko Hashimoto. [New York Times]
  • Fake doctors, fake documents, fake hospital: how far the Russian authorities were willing to go to cover up a positive doping test for World Indoor Champion high jumper Danil Lysenko. [New York Times]