Saturday Habs Headlines: Nikita Scherbak set to make NHL debut

Your daily links, including Scherbak set to be 11th player to play for Icecaps and Habs this year, Habs strong even-strength play, the NHL in China, and much more!

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Even with many replacement players in the lineup lately, your Montreal Canadiens have been playing excellent even-strength hockey. [RDS]
  • There were some familiar faces among the group at practice, as injured players near a return to action. [Instagram]
  • Michel Therrien confirms Galchenyuk will be ready within a matter of days. [Chris Johnston]/
  • That’s all great news for the Canadiens, because they will be without Brendan Gallagher for the next two months. [EOTP]
  • Though Carey Price has stayed healthy, Montreal has seen its fair share of injuries this year, but unlike a season ago, they aren’t letting it slow them down. [RDS]
  • Darren Dreger believes Marc Bergevin will continue to rely on help from the AHL instead of trying to pull off a mid-season trade. [TSN]
  • Nikita Scherbak skated on the Habs’ fourth line at practice. [EOTP]
  • Check out a mid-season highlight package for some of Scherbak’s best moments this year. [YouTube]
  • Mikhail Sergachev loved his time at the World Juniors, clearly. [Instagram]
  • It was a close call, but the votes are in - the Montreal Canadiens are Atlantic Canada’s favourite hockey team! [CBC Newfoundland]/
  • Canadiens’ prospect Victor Mete is proving to be an important piece for the London Knights. [Mitch Brown]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Several Florida Panthers players gave a special nod to victims of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting on Friday. [Puck Daddy]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov is not having as good a year as expected. [Sportsnet]
  • The Calgary Flames’ goaltending situation has done an about-face, and that’s a good thing. [FanRag Sports]
  • Five random team statistics you probably didn’t know about this NHL season. [NBC Sports]
  • Brent Burns is a bigger Harry Potter fan than you, deal with it. [Pucks & Rec]
  • When the Montreal Canadiens were in Dallas to face the Stars, it was a service dog in the crown who stole the hearts of hockey fans. [NHL]
  • At the halfway point of another NHL season, the races for individual trophies are beginning to take shape. [Journal de Montréal]
  • Down Goes Brown tells us how to feel about the World Juniors, and gives respect to Lanny McDonald for “the slide”. [Vice Sports]
  • Team Canada’s silver medal comes along with a bitter aftertaste, but it wasn’t all bad at the World Juniors. [La Presse]
  • Former NHL netminder Kevin Weekes observes this was a WJC tournament for the ages. [NHL]
  • While the Olympics appear an ever-more-elusive dream for the NHL, it appears the league is interested in China. [Sportsnet]
  • The KHL is reportedly having a disaster of a season off the ice. [The Athletic]
  • Former Canadiens forward Guillaume Latendresse will have his jersey number retired by his QMJHL club, the Drummondville Voltigeurs. [Journal de Montréal]/

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