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  • Canadiens' hot start credit to coach Claude Julien's preparation, patience

    Sportsnet "Think about the common thread between these things: Jake Allen winning both of his starts, Joel Edmundson improving with every game, Alexander Romanov making an immediate impact, Josh Anderson jumping out of the gate with a start that inspires hope he’s the player the Montreal..." January 26

  • Ranking the NHL's 10 Best Goalie Tandems

    Bleacher Report "A strong goaltending tandem can be a crucial part of an NHL team's success. With the 2020-21 regular season compressed into a tight 56-game schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having two capable goalies could be more important than ever. Every team has a starting..." January 26

  • AHL’s Stockton Heat To Play 2020-21 Season In Calgary

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a surprising move, especially given the AHL’s return to action in less than two weeks, the Stockton Heat will not be playing in Stockton in 2021. Scott Linesburgh of The Stockton Record writes this evening that city and county officials have confirmed that the club does not..." January 25

  • Jonathan Drouin is realizing his potential

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Last night, Jonathan Drouin looked every bit like the player the Montreal Canadiens hoped they were getting when they traded Mikhail Sergachev to get him. He was solid in every aspect of the game, and sits now at six points in as many games on the season. And what did he have to say..." January 25

  • Canadiens' Carey Price: Gets 350th NHL win

    CBS Sports "Price made 23 saves in a 5-2 win over Vancouver on Saturday. It was his 350th career win. His best save was classic Price -- he slid across to rob Jake Virtanen on a backdoor one-timer midway through the second.  " January 24

  • Salary Cap Deep Dive: Montreal Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Navigating the salary cap is one of the more important tasks for any GM.  Teams that can avert total cap chaos by walking the tightrope of inking players to deals that match their value (or compensate for future value without breaking the bank) remain successful.  Those that..." January 24

  • NHL Considering Prospect Showcase Before 2021 Draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many junior leagues shut down throughout the world and playing time being limited for up-and-coming draft prospects due to the pandemic, there is talk of making some changes to the upcoming draft format. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, there is talk that the..." January 24

  • Canadian NHL teams request change to quarantine rule "Back in training camp, the standard for being cleared to participate for Canadian NHL teams was four negative COVID-19 tests in a seven-day span with players getting the green light to join on-ice activities on the eighth day.  That changed once the regular season started with the rule..." January 24

  • Corey Perry could make season debut for Canadiens "Corey Perry could make his season debut against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CITY, TVAS, NHL.TV). The forward, who signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens on Dec. 28, was recalled from the taxi quad with forwards Paul..." January 23

  • Tyler Myers will not face supplemental discipline by Department of Player Safety

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Vancouver Canucks defenceman Tyler Myers will not face supplemental discipline for his hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia. This was first reported by Eric Engels and Francois Gagnon. It is now official. That means Myers, who was given a match penalty with..." January 22

  • 10 NHL Coaches and General Managers On The Hot Seat

    Bleacher Report "The NHL began its abbreviated 56-game 2020-21 season on Jan. 13. For several coaches and general managers, this campaign could determine their ongoing employment. Some, such as Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, are..." January 22

  • AHL Releases 2020-21 Regular Season Schedule

    Yardbarker "Two weeks from now, the American Hockey League will start what it is still calling the 2020-21 season. On Feb. 5, things will kick off with several games around the minor leagues even without a handful of teams that opted out. League president Scott Howson released this statement Friday,..." January 22

  • Canadiens are well equipped for North Division gauntlet

    Pro Football Talk "There was some hype around the Canadiens entering the shortened 2020-21 NHL season, sure. After a stellar offseason, that’s what will happen. With their two wins over the Oilers, the Habs are showed they have the potential to be who we thought they were. It’s early, and..." January 21

  • Canadiens waste Tyler Toffoli's star performance with lack of discipline

    Sportsnet "For as much as the Montreal Canadiens loved the way their penalty kill was going through the first three games of the season, we know they weren’t coming to Vancouver with the intention of putting it to work as often. The Canadiens managed 10 consecutive kills over two..." January 21

  • NHL COVID game calls: Player quantity, not quality

    ESPN "The Carolina Hurricanes said the NHL's postponement of two games this week was not based on the prestige of the players who are currently on the league's COVID related absence list. The Hurricanes have five players on that list, including key forwards Jordan..." January 21

  • Which teams make the most sense for Pierre-Luc Dubois trade?

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the NHL, you don’t see a lot of situations along the lines of James Harden forcing his way out of Houston in just about the least nuanced way possible. Usually, you barely hear a rumbling about a high-profile player wanting out. So, by the standards of headline-averse NHL..." January 21

  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi owns costly penalty: It was a 'really dumb thing to do'

    The Score "Montreal Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi is taking full accountability for his costly penalty during Thursday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Kotkaniemi, 20, was called for unsportsmanlike conduct midway through the second period for expressing..." January 21

  • Canadiens know Canucks are desperate to shift early-season narrative

    Sportsnet "It may be chilly in Vancouver right now, but the temperature around the Canucks is about as hot as it can get. Elias Pettersson isn’t scoring, neither is a power play that finished top-five a season ago, and all the questions you had about the (somewhat bizarre) changes to the roster..." January 20

  • 6 Players over 30 We Want to See Lift the Stanley Cup

    Bleacher Report "It's one of the hardest sports trophies to win. And when each and every NHL playoff tournament ends, there's a particularly poignant moment when a championship team's popular first-timer has the Stanley Cup handed to him for a celebratory skate. Steven..." January 20

  • NHL's Canadian teams are flying one-third fewer miles this season

    TSN "If only, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice mused, the NHL could have it all – an all-Canadian North Division and fans in the stands. What a bubbling cauldron that would create: endless one-anthem nights to feed frenzied fan bases with rivalries that feel like more than just..." January 20

  • The Fight Over Hockey's Racial Reckoning

    SI "On Sept. 3, just past the midway point of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, the NHL issued a 2,500-word press release cataloguing, as the headline declared, "Initiatives to Combat Racism and Accelerate its Inclusion Efforts."  It was a sensitive moment for the league. A..." January 20

  • The NHL has pushed pause on its puck tracking project

    Scouting The Refs "The National Hockey League has pushed pause on its puck tracking project. From the NHL: The National Hockey League announced today that, effective with tonight’s games, the League will be using game pucks without the imbedded tracking technology. The decision was made..." January 19

  • Behind the Scenes at a Fanless NHL Game

    Bleacher Report "Madison Square Garden is a special place. So many of these buildings are generic, dual-sport facilities that all feel the same and look the same once you're inside. But not the Garden. The Garden has a feel all its own. My first trip to the World's Most Famous Arena..." January 19

  • Montreal Canadiens Announce New ECHL Affiliate

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens officially announced the long-rumoured affiliation with the new ECHL expansion franchise in Trois-Rivières. The expansion team is scheduled to join the league for the 2021-22 season and becomes the first ECHL affiliation for..." January 19

  • Jake Allen to make Habs debut vs. Oilers

    TSN "Head coach Claude Julien confirms Jake Allen will make his Habs debut in net tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. " January 18

  • IIHF to move world championship from Minsk due to political unrest

    The Score "The 2021 men's world championship will no longer be played in Minsk, the IIHF announced Monday. The tournament - which the IIHF awarded to Minsk and the Latvian capital of Riga in 2017 - is being relocated due to political unrest in Belarus and the ongoing pandemic...." January 18

  • Carey Price in dominant form as Canadiens stifle superstar-led Oilers

    Sportsnet "There was Carey Price, 190-odd feet away from most of the action, watching his Montreal Canadiens slice through the Edmonton Oilers like a hot knife through butter. He was almost easy to ignore as the Canadiens had their way — four lines churning and..." January 17

  • One question facing each Canadian team after frantic North Division start

    Sportsnet "The North Division has not disappointed through four days of action. We've seen thrilling overtime, heated physicality, and the storylines we've been waiting months to talk about are beginning to unfold. We're not even a week into this experiment and the all-Canadian..." January 17

  • USHL Gaining Top Players With Canadian Junior Leagues Out Of Action

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The United States Hockey League, USHL, is the top junior league in the U.S. and has been growing as a top developmental destination in recent years. Yet, they have never seen an influx of talent as they have this season. Early on, it was NCAA players whose teams (mostly Ivy League programs)..." January 17

  • Why Canadiens' pursuit of Pierre-Luc Dubois is a complex, risky endeavour

    Sportsnet "This feels a lot like looking for a job, where you go on endlessly chasing something with long-term potential only to find nothing. But then, out of the blue, once you finally get what you were looking for, other enticing opportunities start to land at your feet. The Montreal..." January 15

  • Five potential trade destinations for Blue Jackets' Pierre-Luc Dubois

    Sportsnet "Leave it to John Tortorella to stir the pot. Just as we all got used to the notion that — for a variety of reasons — it would take some time for the divorce between Pierre-Luc Dubois and the Columbus Blue Jackets to play out, Torts injected some urgency..." January 14

  • 10 NHL Players Who Will Have Breakout Performances in 2020-21

    Bleacher Report "In every NHL season, several promising young players break out as stars. We can expect the same during this truncated 2020-21 campaign. Fans usually focus on top rookies or sophomore players who can build upon their promising debuts. However, there are various players entering their..." January 14

  • Canadian teams announce initial rosters, taxi squads for 2020-21 season

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames have finalized their initial rosters and taxi squads ahead of the 2020-21 NHL season, with their peers in the North Division expected to follow suit Tuesday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is allowing each team..." January 13

  • 22 NHL players unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol "The National Hockey League today released the list of Players who are unavailable to play or practice on January 13, 2021, in accordance with the League's COVID Protocols. Beginning today, and continuing for the balance of the season, the NHL will be sharing the names of Players who are..." January 13

  • Enthusiasm, intrigue set the table for an NHL season unlike any other

    Sportsnet "In 2021, the promise of fresh ice and a fresh NHL schedule comes with no less excitement or anticipation than it usually would. But this season of our dreams in the Great White North also looms as a Great Unknown. We are not just talking about who will surprise and..." January 13

  • Paul Byron has earned the 'A' on his Canadiens sweater

    Montreal Gazette "There’s a reason why Paul Byron wears an “A” on his Canadiens sweater. He’s a leader and a warrior. Nothing has come easy for Byron, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound forward who was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007..." January 12

  • Canadiens, Flames announce initial rosters, taxi squads for 2020-21 season

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames have finalized their initial rosters and taxi squads ahead of the 2020-21 NHL season, with their peers in the North Division expected to follow suit Tuesday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is allowing each team..." January 12

  • NHL announces 27 positive COVID-19 tests through training camp

    Oilers Nation "The National Hockey League says 27 positive COVID-19 tests were returned among players during training camps. The positive tests came from nine teams, although the majority were due to an outbreak that included 17 players on the Dallas Stars. The players have been largely..." January 12

  • NHL 2021: Avalanche, Lightning top Stanley Cup odds for the season

    Sporting News "The puck is hours away from dropping on the 2021 NHL season. It'll be a sprint to the playoffs as the 31 NHL teams are set to play 56 games over the course of the next 116 nights. The defending champion Lightning are expected to make a big run once again, with preseason odds..." January 12

  • NHL 2021 season debate: The worst and best offseason moves

    USA Today "The 2021 NHL season is mere days away. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout North America, the NHL has implemented a more compact, 56-game schedule with teams allowed to carry a "taxi squad" of players. This group will consist of four to six players who teams..." January 12

  • NHL to have two outdoor games this season in Lake Tahoe

    The Sports Daily "The National Hockey League will have two outdoor games in Lake Tahoe during the 2020-21 regular season according to Sean Leahy of NBC Sports. The games will be played on February 20 between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche, and then on February 21 between the Boston..." January 12

  • Canadiens, Jets among pursuers for Pierre-Luc Dubois

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets are two of the many teams interested in Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman wrote in Tuesday's edition of "31 Thoughts." Dubois recently inked a..." January 12

  • The NHL is set for a strange season. Here's why it will be among the most unusual in history.

    USA Today "The NHL has had two seasons shortened and another canceled because of labor disputes. Last season was paused in March because of a pandemic and eventually ended in late September. This season, the NHL will try to navigate another shortened season amid a surge in the COVID-19..." January 12

  • NHL's Gary Bettman expecting billions in losses during short season

    ESPN "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league and its clubs will lose billions of dollars to stage an abridged 2021 season largely without fans, but he felt it was critical to play through the pandemic anyway. "Let me make something really clear: We're coming back to play..." January 11

  • Noah Juulsen claimed off waivers by the Florida Panthers

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Yesterday, the Montreal Canadiens placed Noah Juulsen and eight other players on waivers in an attempt to get the roster to 23. Juulsen has been claimed by the Florida Panthers. The Panthers will take on Juulsen’s salary of just $700,000 that makes him among the..." January 11

  • Corey Perry, Loui Eriksson among players on waivers

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forwards Corey Perry and Michael Frolik were among a large number of players placed on waivers Monday as team's look to set their opening-day rosters before Wednesday. Both Perry and Frolik were signed by the Canadiens as free agents last months, with both..." January 11

  • NHL on NBC hires Mike Babcock in studio role

    The Score "Mike Milbury will not be back as an analyst for NBC Sports this season. The network released its broadcasting roster for the upcoming campaign Monday, and the longtime commentator's name is not on the list. Mike Babcock will make his debut as a studio analyst..." January 11

  • 'Put him into hell and wait': Why Alexander Romanov is ready to thrive with Canadiens

    Sportsnet "“Nuclear bomb go off, and he’s laughing,” deadpans Bogdan Kiselevich in the exact accent and with the precise cadence you expect from a 30-year-old who hails from Cherepovets, Russia. With this one-liner, Kiselevich, a left-handed defenceman who spent 32 games with..." January 10

  • 43 Players Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As teams begin to make their final camp decisions with the 2020-21 season getting started this week, the ramifications are apparent in today’s waiver wire group. All nine players from Saturday’s waivers cleared, but that is less likely to occur Sunday with a much longer..." January 10

  • 'It comes naturally for us,' Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher says of linemates

    Montreal Gazette "For most of the Canadiens’ forwards, training camp is a crash course in chemistry. But there’s one line that came into camp battle tested and battle ready with Phil Danault at centre between Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher. “As a line, we know what..." January 08