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Habs Daily: Early Canadiens Defence Results, Xhekaj The Sheriff



Montreal Canadiens defenceman Johnathan Kovacevic

All the latest Habs news, recent Montreal Canadiens stories, and information from around the National Hockey League.


Habs News

  • Despite struggling when their special teams are on the ice, the Montreal Canadiens have actually produced very encouraging numbers at 5v5. Two of their pairings have excelled, whereas one pairing as predictably had a hard time with their usage. [Canadiens Defensive Situation Brings Good & Bad News]
  • The Habs provided an update on Kaiden Guhle’s injury recovery time frame. They currently have the defenceman listed as day-to-day, which is a relatively positive outcome when you consider the Habs’ recent luck with injuries.  [Canadiens Practice Notes: Kaiden Guhle Injury Update]
  • Arber Xhekaj has commanded a lot of attention since entering the league, most of it good. But it’s time to start using the best nickname he’s been given, The Sheriff. It’s not only a great nickname, it’s actually relevant to his style of play.


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  • The Pittsburgh Penguins have already placed winger Jansen Harkins on waivers. If he is not claimed by another club by Friday afternoon, they can assign him to their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. Harkins was claimed off waivers from Winnipeg on Oct. 2. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • Colorado Avalanche general manager Chris MacFarland didn’t mess around over the past summer. The biggest reason why the team failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs last year was a lack of secondary scoring. The Avalanche GM knew it, so he made sweeping changes to the forward core. [Colorado Avalanche]
  • With the announcement that Nashville Predators defenseman Luke Schenn will be out for 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, Nashville Hockey Now decided to take a look at the distinctions between injured but on the active roster, injured reserve and long-term injured reserve. [Nashville Predators]
  • The NHL is certainly in an era where fighting has taken a less prominent role in the game. Instead, the league is dominated by speed and skill players. Fighting still exists, however. In a recent interview, former Hab PK Subban reminisces on a time he threw down defending New Jersey Devils star, Jack Hughes. [New Jersey Devils]
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