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Saturday Habs Headlines: How will Eric Staal be deployed?

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In today’s links, where will Eric Staal fit in the lineup, consistency is key for the Canadiens’ playoff odds, and things take a more serious turn in the Canucks’ COVID situation.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Where will Eric Staal slot into the Canadiens’ lineup? [La Presse]
  • A well timed win streak could really help the Canadiens’ playoff odds. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Montreal Canadiens are truly buying into coach Dominique Ducharme’s systems. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Canadiens’ overall play has somewhat improved under their new coach. [TVA Sports]
  • New acquisition Eric Staal is expected to be in the lineup against the Edmonton Oilers. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • How will the Vancouver Canucks growing Covid-19 list affect the NHL season moving forward? [TSN]
  • That probably isn’t the topic of most concern for the team, however:
  • Connor McDavid is putting up historical performance this season. [Washington Post]
  • Keep a close eye on these close playoff races. [FiveThirtyEight]
  • One thing is for sure though, the altered NHL season is ramping up intradivisional competition. [New York Times]
  • Where do the current Buffalo Sabres rank amongst some of the worst teams of all time? [USA Today]