Sunday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens are finding success by running their offensive game close to the net

In today’s headlines, analyzing Montreal’s offensive game, a promising debut for Les Canadiennes, it’s raining teddy bears in St. John’s, and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens are getting a substantial portion of their shots from right around the net this season, ranking among the top teams in shortest average shot distance:/
  • The Habs put up 10 goals last night, and that’s largely because they pressured a weak defence into some poor turnovers in their own end. [One-Minue Tactics]
  • The St. John’s IceCaps has their annual Teddy Bear Toss on Friday night, and collected over 3000 stuffed animals to give to under-privileged children:/
  • In an entertaining 1-0 game versus the Calgary Inferno, Les Canadiennes won their debut on Bell Centre ice. Given the quality of the contest and the passion of the many fans in attendance, it likely won’t be their last appearance in that venue. []/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Jarome Iginla is open to the possibility of waiving his no-trade clause to move to a contender. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL is looking to get more African-American children playing the game of hockey, and perhaps one day becoming stars. [Rolling Stone]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning have a problem when it comes to developing their first-round selections. [Raw Charge]
  • Former NHL player and long-time AHL star and later coach, Bill Dineen, passed away yesterday at the age of 84. [Sportsnet]
  • The game of hockey may be too much for this little Sharklet to understand just yet, preferring a nice evening nap instead. [SB Nation]/

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