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Habs Daily: Xhekaj’s Reputation, Slafkovsky’s Shots, Guhle’s Play



Montreal Canadiens defenceman Arber Xhekaj

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Habs News

  • ICYMI: Arber Xhekaj’s reputation as one of the toughest players in the NHL should lead to fewer fights, and that’s good news for the Montreal Canadiens. They’re a better team whenever Xhekaj is on the ice. [Canadiens: Xhekaj’s Reputation Should Keep Opponents At Bay]
  • Kaiden Guhle had one of the best games of his young career on Saturday night against the Boston Bruins. Not only did he score the overtime-winning goal, but he also had a dominant game in all three zones. [Suzuki, Gallagher, And Guhle Score In Exciting Win Vs. The Bruins]
  • Habs fans went all out on Saturday night, and I have to say, that’s EXACTLY what sports are for. You’ll inevitably receive a lot of “cringe” comments from people who somehow don’t understand that sports were designed so large groups of people could get excited or saddened by the same event, but this is what makes Canadiens fans the best in the league. Also, it should be said, this would be considered a normal sight at most European sports events, even during the regular season. For the most part, North American fans are simply boring compared to their European counterparts.

  • The Vancouver Canucks beat the Habs 5-2 on Sunday night, though it should be said the scoreline was unflattering to the home team. Speaking of silver linings, Juraj Slafkovsky set a career record with 10 shots on net, an encouraging sign given that he has hesitated to shoot throughout his career. [Juraj Slafkovsky Plays Best Game Of Season In Loss To Canucks]

National Hockey Now Network

  • Should the Boston Bruins enter the NHL trade sweepstakes for 6-foot-6, 248-pound Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov? During the Bruins’ game against the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday night, there was some chatter that Bruins general manager Don Sweeney could look into a potential trade fit between the Bruins and Flames for Zadorov. [Boston Bruins]
  • With the AHL demotion of Jack Campbell, who signed a five-year, $25 million contract in the offseason, the Edmonton Oilers have arguably the worst goaltending situation in the NHL. The Nashville Predators may be able to help. [Nashville Predators]

  • Pavel Francouz has likely played his final game in a Colorado Avalanche uniform. The 33-year-old netminder, who had offseason surgery on his adductors, has yet to play a game this season and really hasn’t been seen around the team. On Sunday, the Avalanche announced that Francouz will not return during the 2023-24 season, and he is heading back to the Czech Republic with his family. If only there was a team in the Eastern Conference with several goaltenders available. [Colorado Avalanche]
  • First-period struggles were proving to be a way of life for the Detroit Red Wings. Then Lucas Raymond scored a magical goal and instantly, karma was on their side. And those who call NHL games were singing the praises of Detroit’s Swedish sensation. [Detroit Red Wings]
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