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Friday Habs Headlines: Refinding their identity

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In today’s links, the head coach thinks the team lost their heads a bit after Brendan Gallagher’s injury, Ben Chiarot isn’t worried about fatigue, and do the Vancouver Canucks still have a playoff chance?

Edmonton Oilers v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Dominique Ducharme thinks that Brendan Gallagher’s injury caused a bit of an identity crisis within the team, but that Wednesday night’s win might be the first step to regaining their identity. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • Who are the candidates to step up and fill that attitude void left by Gallagher? [Hockey Inside/Out]
  • When it comes to Josh Anderson, Columbus’s pain is Montreal’s gain. [La Presse]
  • Anderson’s dad always wanted his son to be a Hab. [Sportsnet]
  • Cayden Primeau’s turn in net should be fast approaching. [La Presse]
  • The Habs opted to practice on Thursday, which was originally scheduled as a day off. Ben Chiarot isn’t worried about fatigue. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Canadiens—apparently with help from the officials[citation required]—brought a taste of the playoffs to an Edmonton Oilers team that hasn’t had a lot of time at the table. [Montreal Gazette (originally published in the Edmonton Sun)]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Speaking of the Blue Jackets, their fans are concerned with a litany of topics, ranging from Patrik Laine’s body language to the possibility of Jukka Jalonen as head coach. [The Athletic]
  • Max Domi did not enjoy being a healthy scratch for two consecutive games. [TSN]
  • The NHL is targeting October 12 as the start date of the 2021-22 NHL regular season. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • What went wrong with the Buffalo Sabres—the first team to be mathematically eliminated from postseason contention? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Members of Team Canada are not happy with the cancellation of the Womens’ World Championships. [Radio-Canada]
  • Could the Womens’ Worlds find a new home though, and be scheduled as late as August or September? [TSN]
  • Do the Vancouver Canucks still have a shot at the playoffs? The numbers say that it’s not impossible. [The Athletic]
  • How will the Toronto Maple Leafs’ inconsistent goaltending affect them in the postseason? [Sportsnet]
  • Hockey fights during a pandemic: a conversation with enforcer Nicolas Deslauriers. [ESPN]
  • The Halifax Mooseheads have fired head coach Jean-Jacques Daigneault. [RDS]