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Rafaël Harvey-Pinard is making a strong case to stay in Montreal

It might be tough to send RHP back to Laval even once the team starts getting healthy again.

Is Samuel Montembeault a viable starting goaltender?

It feels like we’ve been waiting some time for him to come down to earth, but is it possible he’s simply found a new level?

It’s trial by a very calm fire for the fringe guys

The future is unapologetically being shoved into Martin St-Louis’s lap, whether he’d like it or not.

For the Montreal Canadiens, after the good comes the bad and the ugly

Inconsistency isn’t a bug of the 2022-23 Canadiens, it’s a feature.

The Montreal Canadiens are being pushed to perform

The injuries are providing opportunities and the veterans don’t want to be left without a chair.

Ylönen is seizing his opportunity

Since he was called up, the Finn has been a standout in Montreal.

Jesse Ylonen’s impressive debut should warrant more minutes

If that was an audition for more time with the big club, Ylonen aced it.

Anthony Richard is showing the impact the Laval Rocket can have at the NHL level

After scoring his first NHL goal, he’s looking to claim a spot in the league.

The future is now ... because it’s all the Canadiens have

Wednesday night against the Avalanche was a sign of progress for some of the Habs’ most promising players. The rest of the roster, on the other hand....

A case for Jake and Juraj?

Could Juraj Slafkovský find a stable centre in an unlikely candidate?

The Habs need to snap out of their first-period doldrums

Starting games on one’s heels is not a recipe for short- or long-term success.

A frustratingly early Christmas present from the Canadiens

It’s hard enough to neutralize Connor McDavid, it’s even harder when you shoot yourself in both feet and both knees.

Juraj Slafkovsky played like he wants his promotion to be permanent

The rookie first-overall pick had one of his best games of the year after being bumped up in the lineup

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.