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Habsent Minded Episode 3.45: “Painting lipstick on a pig”

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The Canadiens have some things that must be ironed out in the upcoming weeks.

NHL: FEB 20 Maple Leafs at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Patrik Bexell is joined by Anton Rasegård and analytics guru Jason Paul in this episode of Habsent Minded. Together they go through what went wrong Saturday night in the Montreal Canadiens’ loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The penalty kill is being boosted by all of the short-handed goals, but is in fact struggling when it comes down to preventing high-quality scoring chances from dangerous snipers. What can be done to fix these issues and is the coaching staff proactive enough to adjust when needed? Is there a lack of mobility on the back end, which becomes increasingly visible in a penalty-killing situation?

Joel Edmundson has been a staple opposite Jeff Petry for the entire season. His existence on the second pairing is a divider among fans, where some would prefer to see Petry paired up with a more mobile partner. How are Edmundson’s underlying numbers looking? Is he a liability or an asset to the defensive core at this point? Would Petry look even better if he was once again partnered up with Brett Kulak, like in the playoffs last year?

Lastly, is there reason to panic, or can Montreal bounce back against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night?