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MHN Daily: Fights, Xhekaj’s Role, Trade Options, OHL Call-Ups

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All the latest Montreal Canadiens news, as well as the most recent news from around the NHL.

Montreal Canadiens News

  • Arber Xhekaj has become much more than just a good story for the Canadiens. He’s filling a crucial role that is necessary during a rebuild, both for the team and the fans.
  • Seeing as the team has an abundance of left-handed defencemen, Kent Hughes is ready to use some of his depth if the opportunity arises on the NHL trade market.
  • There’s a legitimate possibility some of the Canadiens’ CHL prospects, such as Owen Beck, Joshua Roy, Filip Mesar, and Riley Kidney, could end up playing for the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge in the near future.
  • The Canadiens lost 6-2 to the Florida Panthers, in a game that featured a multitude of fights from players like Xhekaj, Mike Matheson, and Michael Pezzetta.

National Hockey Now News

  • NYI: The New York Islanders did not do rookie William Dufour any favours during his NHL debut. Here’s what went wrong.
  • BOS: Linus Ullmark is in the midst of a breakout season for the Boston Bruins, although he admitted it can be overwhelming at times.
  • PGH: The Pittsburgh Penguins need reinforcements, but Ron Hextall’s moves have been few and far between. Where is Hextall?
  • PHI: Philadelphia Flyers coach John Tortorella did not back down after his decision to keep Ivan Provorov in the lineup.
  • WSH: Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana scored his first goal since returning from the NHL/NHLPA’s Player Assistance Program.
  • FLA: The Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice was fined $25,000 for criticizing the referees following his team’s 5-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • DET: The Detroit Red Wings are facing the Vegas Golden Knights at the perfect time.
  • VGK: Fans heading to Golden Knights games will have to deal with significant delays due to construction near T-Mobile Arena.
  • SJS: San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson has found the fountain of youth, and shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to adding his name to the scoresheet.
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