Wednesday Habs Headlines: Let the 2017 NHL playoffs begin!

As we get ready for the start of the 2017 playoffs, catch up on the stage being set, the Habs’ mindset going in, and the emergence of Markov and Weber as a true number-one tandem.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens are healthy and quietly confident heading into their opening round series versus the New York Rangers. [Sportsnet]
  • On Habs Breakfast, Marc Dumont breaks down how the Habs have a true number-one defence pairing for the first time in a long while. [TSN690]
  • The Habs might not be here if not for their mid-season coaching change. [Arpon Basu]
  • In case you missed it, Ginette Reno will be back! [TVA]/
  • The first-line centre is ready to go. [Instagram]
  • Steve Ott sings the praises of his new captain on and off the ice. [Eric Engels]
  • Claude Julien compared Artturi Lehkonen to another Frölunda Hockey Club player yesterday. [Eric Engels]/
  • Alexei Emelin might be out for longer than just Game One. [Arpon Basu]/
  • Andrew Berkshire looks at the matchup and believes that the Canadiens have a significant advantage going into this series. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • Our friends at the Rangers site continue their playoff preview by examining Montreal’s top-six forwards and potential X-factors. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Joel Lundqvist is quite frank in his assessment of his brother’s chances. [Patrik Bexell]
  • Carey Price: linguistic savant. [24CH]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Dimitri Filipovic and Andrew Berkshire break down all of the Eastern Conference playoff matchups. [The Hockey PDOcast]
  • Travis Yost breaks down the Canadian teams’ first-round chances line-by-line. [TSN]
  • NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for this summer’s entry draft. [SB Nation College Hockey]
  • Raw Charge categorizes Tampa’s players by type and create balanced lines. [Raw Charge]
  • Justin Abdelkader says goodbye to Joe Louis Arena. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Leon Draisaitl’s two points in the final game of the season may have cost Jack Eichel a $2 million bonus. [CBC]
  • Players, including Mark Scheifele, Ryan O’Reilly, and Nikolaj Ehlers, have already started to declare their intentions to play at the World Championship. [TSN]
  • Hockey Canada has selected a strong coaching staff for the Worlds team, led by Jon Cooper. [Hockey Canada]
  • Courtesy of Les Canadiennes defenceman and Concordia Stingers coach Julie Chu, the number of registered female hockey players in the USA has jumped tremendously from 1990 to today. [Twitter]/
  • “Alexander Semin has not scored in 19 matches in a row. Will he break his goalless drought today? #MMGSKA” (Nyet was the correct answer). [KHL Twitter]/

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