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- The Montreal Canadiens faithful may be down on their luck after losing Kirby Dach for the season and Kaiden Guhle for a little while, but with injury comes opportunities for players such as Alex Newhook, Rafael Harvey-Pinard, and Justin Barron. [Injuries Provide Three Canadiens Players With Major Opportunities]
- There was some positive news at practice yesterday, as Kaiden Guhle was spotted skating ahead of the team’s main practice. Of course, he doesn’t need to use his wrist to practice skating, but it was an encouraging sight nonetheless. Christian Dvorak, who hasn’t played since March with a knee injury, also skated, albeit without a no-contact jersey, which indicates his return is on the horizon. [Canadiens Practice Notes: Guhle and Dvorak Skating]
- The Canadiens rarely focus on their powerplay during practice, but thankfully that seems to be changing. The Habs tried some…interesting combinations.
#Habs power-play units at practice today
Caufield – Anderson – Suzuki
Newhook – Pearson – Slafkovsky
— Stu Cowan (@StuCowan1) October 20, 2023
National Hockey Now Network
- Three-time Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel is still unemployed 10 days into the 2023-24 NHL regular season. The mercurial winger hoisted the Stanley Cup last June as a member of the Vegas Golden Knights but was a healthy scratch for most of the playoff run. After participating in captain’s practices with the Golden Knights before training camp, he has been skating on his own, awaiting a contract offer. Kessel has reportedly turned down PTO offers. [National Hockey Now]
- The Colorado Avalanche hoped that Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon would refuel some of their Junior hockey chemistry, but the experiment has been put on hold for now. [Colorado Avalanche]
- Robby Fabbri‘s history of bad luck with injuries added a new chapter when Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde announced Friday that Fabbri will be out a month with his lower-body injury. [Detroit Red Wings]
- Are the Philadelphia Flyers, a team I predicted would finish with 83 points, better than most of us thought? Or is their 3-1 start, including an impressive 4-1 win Thursday over Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, just a tease like early last season? A year ago the Flyers started the season 7-3-2, then lost 10 straight and their season fell off a cliff. They finished with just 75 points (31-38-13). There is a major difference, however, in the Flyers’ lineup this season. [Philadelphia Flyers]