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Friday Habs Headlines: Time for more desperation

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In today’s links, the Canadiens need more if they’re going to make the playoffs, Shea Weber is showing his age, and the Vancouver Canucks’ return to play will have to wait.

Calgary Flames v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • With the Calgary Flames four points back, Nick Suzuki says the team needs to play with more desperation. [TSN]
  • The Habs can’t afford to add more fuel to the Flames playoff fire, says Stu Cowan. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Canadiens are not using their depth—and therefore not holding their players accountable, writes Arpon Basu. [The Athletic]
  • These Habs no longer have footspeed worthy of the moniker “Flying Frenchmen”, but they’re faster than what they showed Wednesday night, says Dominique Ducharme. [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadiens’ woes do not solely lie upon the shoulders of Shea Weber, but the captain’s age is showing. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Patrick Marleau prepares to break Gordie Howe’s record for most NHL games played all-time. [La Presse]
  • Originally poised to face the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, the Vancouver Canucks’ return to play has been indefinitely postponed. [TSN]
  • J.T. Miller’s candid comments to the media on Wednesday likely played a role in the NHL revisiting their original intentions. [The Hockey News]
  • Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews are pulling away from their peers in the Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophy races, respectively. [TSN]
  • With deadline deals and an injury to Nikita Zaitsev, the Ottawa Senators blueline is in the midst of a youth movement. [Sportsnet]
  • Junior phenom, Senators star, old Maple Leaf: Jason Spezza’s journey. [The Athletic]