Saturday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien — “One of the bright spots this season so far is Brendan Gallagher’s play”

In today’s links, the coach praises his best player, the sniper is firing blanks, Poehling and Mete go head-to-head, and more

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien specifically singled out Brendan Gallagher as the Canadiens’ best player after practice yesterday. [Montreal Gazette]
  • It’s not just the lack of offensive production frustrating Jonathan Drouin and his teammates, but a lack of scoring chances. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Very soon, Max Pacioretty’s scoring drought could be measured not only in games, days, and weeks, but months as well as he faces a goalless December. [Montreal Gazette]
  • He knows he has to figure out a way to snap out of his funk. [Journal de Montreal]
  • It may be the last game of a road trip, but it may as well count as the first game of a homestand for the Canadiens, who will likely have the crowd on their side in Florida tonight. [La Presse]
  • In case you missed it, we posted a recap of the outdoor World Juniors game yersterday. [EOTP]
  • Our Scott Matla spoke with Ryan Poehling and Victor Mete after the game. [EOTP]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Where do little athletes come from? The nationalities of players in professional leagues across the globe are detailed, in interactive chart form. [New York Times]
  • Goalies have been personalizing their masks for decades, and now the same level of customization is beginning to be seen on the rest of their equipment as well. []
  • The Vegas Golden Knights have earned an expansion-franchise record sixth win in a row, and also have points in each of their last 11 games. Here’s the recap of the latest victory, versus the Los Angeles Kings, from SB Nation’s newest hockey site. [Knights On Ice]/

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