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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Ridin’ good vibes

In today’s links, the Canadiens have a bounce in their step as they chase the Winnipeg Jets, but the hockey world’s attention is squarely focused on Tom Wilson.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jake Allen is hoping to ride their “good vibe” as they aim upwards at the Winnipeg Jets. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Habs are still just taking things one day at a time. [RDS]
  • Despite the Jets’ recent issues, the Manitobans may still have the upper hand when it comes to the race for 3rd. [Sportsnet (Video)]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s ups and downs are part of being a young hockey player, draft position be damned. [La Presse]
  • The Finn’s lack of consistent dynamism is separating him from fellow youngster Nick Suzuki. [RDS]
  • Magical moments are quickly becoming the norm for Suzuki. [The Athletic]
  • The Habs are showcasing a glimpse of life without Shea Weber and Carey Price. [Radio-Canada]
  • The fan response to Jonathan Drouin’s leave of absence underscores the pressure that comes with playing for the Montreal Canadiens. [Cult MTL]
  • Dominique Ducharme is distinguishing himself from his predecessor by his willingness to shake up his lines. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • ICYMI: Tom Wilson largely escaped punishment for his escapades against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. [Sportsnet]
  • Artemiy Panarin will miss the remainder of the regular season as a result of the fracas. [TSN]
  • The Rangers players were not pleased. [Sportsnet]
  • The team itself took an unprecedented step, taking direct aim at George Parros.
  • The Washington Capitals organization didn’t help matters, pouring fuel on Wilson’s fire after the game. [The Athletic]
  • Wilson knows exactly how to work the system. [The Athletic]
  • Why Wilson needed a harsher punishment. [31 Thoughts]
  • The Wilson case is one where Gary Bettman needs to intervene. [RDS]
  • A rare feat was achieved in the ECHL last night when Travis Barron notched three short-handed goals. [Twitter]
  • The condensed schedule is starting to take its toll around the league. [TSN]
  • Who are the worst shooters—and worst shooting teams—in the NHL? [The Athletic]