Saturday Habs Headlines: A failure to execute on the power play

Your daily Habs links, why more Plekanec could be the answer, pointing fingers, more Jaromir Jagr awe and more!

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • While many key players remain injured, perhaps a bigger role for Tomas Plekanec could yield positive results. [TVA Sports]
  • Head Coach Michel Therrien was quick to point the finger to his team’s powerplay as the reason for Thursday night’s loss against the Minnesota Wild. [RDS]
  • Another reason for Thursday’s loss was Carey Price being outplayed by Devan Dubnyk. [TSN 690]
  • Mikhail Sergachev’s blue line activation is impressive. Keep an eye out for an in-depth article from Mitch that will be published at 10 AM ET today. /
  • Jaromir Jagr is an influential player; one NHL veteran in particular was inspired by his hometown colleague, Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec. [LNH]
  • Even the world’s best goaltender allows goals - see where Carey Price is most, and least effective this year. [imgur]
  • Pierre McGuire thinks Price should be considered amongst the greatest [TSN 690]
  • There are a lot of positive things about the Canadiens’ AHL team moving closer to Montreal, but it will leave a big hole behind in St. John’s, and Andrew Abbott wants a new home team for Christmas. [Montreal Gazette]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Ranking NHL teams’ top four players under 24 years of age right now. The Habs are 13th [TSN]
  • Steve Dangle believes Jarome Iginla needs to be rescued. [Sportsnet]
  • Roberto Luongo says Jaromir Jagr owes him a ‘thank you’ after the latter became the second highest scorer of all time in the NHL. [NHL]
  • Bob McKenzie shares his thoughts on the future of offer sheets, and whether Jonathan Drouin could receive one. [TSN 690]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins have a choice to make with Marc-André Fleury; Elliotte Friedman shares his thoughts. [Fanrag Sports]
  • Guy Boucher is looking forward to a very special Christmas. [La Presse]
  • While New York Islanders fans don’t have much to be excited for, there was a hilarious fan giveaway at Barclay’s Center. [The Score]
  • Down Goes Brown feels a little Christmas spirit in the latest grab bag. [Vice Sports]
  • The IIHF World Junior Championships have been a tradition for decades, but the importance of the tournament is still increasing. []
  • For every Carey Price who donned Team Canada’s jersey at the WJC, there are many forgotten prospects who never made it. [Edmonton Sun]
  • The future of IIHF international play may no longer include five-on-four situations. [TVA Sports]
  • With more and more focus on attempts to grow hockey in China, the key could be to find the sport’s equivalent to Yao Ming. [Montreal Gazette]/

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