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After a quarter of the season, and a year after a transformation, what have we learned about the Montreal Canadiens?

Twenty-one games down, things are a bit clearer around the organization.

How much longer can Samuel Montembeault keep this up?

After the first quarter of the season, Montembeault is a top-10 NHL goaltender in several categories.

The Kirby Dach redemption tour blows through Chicago

The protagonist stole the show in Friday’s matinée.

The Montreal Canadiens are showing a fight they didn’t have last season

Falling behind early in games is no longer an indication the game is over.

Loss to Devils shows that Habs have many lessons left to learn

It was an ugly game, but one that served an important purpose.

Kirby Dach might be a winger on paper, but he isn’t always one on the ice

The centre-turned-winger brings a lot of flexibility and variation to the top line, helping Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki confuse defenders.

Mike Hoffman is scoring in bunches

A line that seems like an odd mix is producing results

Big goal, bigger save

A play with little fanfare from Samuel Montembeault set the tone of the game early.

Kirby Dach should stay on the top line

Martin St-Louis may have found the answer to the question of who should play with Caufield and Suzuki.

The Montreal Canadiens are in this together

The reaction to the hit on Juraj Slafkovský was a clear indication that this year is different from the last.

When NHL game management goes awry

A seemingly harmless penalty call early in the third period nearly turned the game on its head.

Samuel Montembeault is having a bounce back start to the season

After an injury-plagued year, he’s showing what he can do when healthy.

David (Savard) vs. Goliath

The Canadiens weren’t on top of their defensive games on Tuesday, but Savard was trying his best to hold them together.

Brendan Gallagher’s injury could have been prevented by the officials

Two separate officiating decisions could have prevented that violent crash into the boards.

Arber Xhekaj is the hero Les Boys need

Looking at Xhekaj’s numbers and why he’s exactly what the Canadiens need right now.

This is not the season to play injured players

In a rebuilding year, players should not be pushed.

Juraj Slafkovský gets his real Bell Centre moment

A night to remember for the Slovak.

Rocket Review: Mattias Norlinder using focus, stability to get back on track

After a tough year, the Canadiens prospect is looking like himself again.

Kaiden Guhle is playing like a number-one defenceman

He hasn’t been in the NHL for a week, but he’s playing at a top level.

The Canadiens just needed their skill to arrive

A solid game still looked like a loss ... until the big guns showed up.

Mike Hoffman isn’t doing enough to keep his starting spot

In a rebuilding year, the veteran is taking a place that could be granted to someone else.

Heroes, just for one day

As the night went on, the crowd started to believe.

Sean Monahan’s debut was as near perfect as you could ask for

His regular-season debut is everything the veteran wished for and more.

Juraj Slafkovský is not being rushed by starting in the NHL

The first overall pick is the poster child of the team’s new philosophy.

How Arber Xhekaj is carving a path to the NHL

Tough as nails, but with plenty of other weapons, how did the undrafted defender find himself on the cusp of an NHL job?

Martin St-Louis is using preseason as a stress test, not a tryout

While the fans may want something flashier, the Canadiens are using preseason to see how much their players can withstand.

The Canadiens need to get Mattias Norlinder his groove back

Sometimes you need to look back to move forward.

BSM: Mesar making a strong case for himself

The Kitchener Rangers would probably love to have Filip Mesar, but it seems he has other plans.

Development is not one-size-fits-all

There are a lot of young players jostling for position, and that means different possibilities.

Kaiden Guhle impresses as he pushes to make the Canadiens roster

The defenceman’s skating stood out.

As the Montreal Canadiens open pre-season, the real competition begins

After five scrimmages over three days, the Canadiens get to hit someone else.

After three games, a look back at some final impressions from the Prospects Challenge

Beck, Simoneau, and others highlight a strong showing from the Canadiens in Buffalo.

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