Tuesday Habs Headlines: Phillip Danault has been a revelation

Your daily links, including Danault’s surprising success, the Habs’ dominance over the Leafs, achievement despite adversity, Scherbak’s adorable parents and more.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Andrew Shaw was back on the ice again on Monday as he nears a return from concussion. [Instagram]
  • Carey Price is an obvious difference, but there are other reasons why the Canadiens are doing better than anticipated despite a tough road trip and some missing players. [TSN]
  • Michel Therrien says the leadership has done a great job through recent injury adversity. [TSN]/
  • Nikita Scherbak’s first NHL goal was a real beauty, and it was made more special for his dad by being against the Leafs. [John Lu]/
  • Scherbak’s mom also got to see it, though she needed help to make it happen. [Brian Wilde]/
  • Here’s a great video of Habs prospect Victor Mete, shift by shift, on January 6th, 2017. [YouTube]
  • No ‘No Excuses’, no problem, says Paul Byron. [John Lu]/
  • It’s pretty normal this time of year, but this is still an impressive list of scouts from the Habs’ game on Monday night. [Stu Cowan]/
  • Max Pacioretty’s franchise-record overtime goal made it into the newest edition of NHL goals-of-the-week. [Sportsnet]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Alex Ovechkin is turning into a distinguished salt-and-pepper veteran, and he’s having a great time. [NHL]
  • The Edmonton Oilers have sent prospect Jesse Puljujarvi to the AHL. [TSN]
  • Lars Eller was happy to be back in Montreal, would have wanted to win a cup here. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Eller is among a handful of players discussed in this moneyball style analysis. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Carter Hutton found an interesting new use for batting cages. [Balle Courbe]
  • The trade market has been quiet, and it might stay quiet through the deadline this year. [Journal de Montréal]
  • Jonathan Toews had to put on the red white and blue when he lost a bet to Chicago Blackhawks’ teammate Patrick Kane. [Jonathan Toews]/
  • It’s not so much that Gary Bettman doesn’t want the NHL to participate at the 2018 Olympic Games, rather it’s that he hasn’t had the right offer yet. [Journal de Montréal]
  • Brian Propp is continuing to heal from his stroke and you may not even be able to tell by the way he plays on Saturday night. [Philly.com]
  • The NHL Centennial celebration continues, and Phil Esposito recalls his final NHL game. [NHL]
  • Brian Boucher also remembers his historic shutout streak from thirteen years ago. [NHL]
  • Gerard Gallant insists his dismissal wasn’t a result of analytics. [ESPN]
  • When Adidas takes over the NHL jerseys next season, teams will be allowed only home and road kits, no alternates are planned for the 2017-18 season. [Star Tribune]/

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