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Friday Habs Headlines: Time for more desperation

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.

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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]