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All the latest Montreal Canadiens stories, news, events, and highlights from the past day.

Habs News

  • For anyone wondering, the Edmonton Oilers once again lost due to their terrible goaltending and defence. On a completely unrelated note, our columnist took a look at the pros and cons of trading one of Samuel Montembeault, Jake Allen, or Cayden Primeau. [Pros And Cons Of Trading Each Montreal Canadiens Goaltender]
  • In the past, the numbers have suggested splitting up Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki may lead to better underlying numbers. But this season, things were going quite well right up until head coach Martin St-Louis split them up. Since then, their results have suffered considerably. [Canadiens Made Mistake Of Changing Top Line At Wrong Time]
  • Samuel Montembeault was given the start versus the Anaheim Ducks. Defenceman Jayden Struble, who has exceeded all expectations in the AHL this season, made his NHL debut. [Struble Set To Make NHL Debut]
  • The decision to start Montembeault paid off, as he made several great saves to keep the Habs in the game once the Ducks took over. Despite concerns from many Habs fans, adding Brendan Gallagher to the top line also worked out, as they were the only line that managed to control the play throughout the whole game. Alex Newhook scored twice, and Struble had a very efficient start to his NHL career. [Montembeault And Newhook Shine In Exciting Win Vs. Ducks]
  • Phenom Lane Hutson had yet another productive game. The Montreal Canadiens prospect played a crucial role in his team’s 3-2 win over Quinnipiac. Boston was facing a 2-0 deficit, but thanks to a pair of primary assists by Hutson, they managed to clinch a comeback win against their opponents, who are ranked third in the country.

  • According to Arpon Basu, Juraj Slafkovsky is not interested in playing in the World Juniors this year.

National Hockey Now Network

  • The Boston Bruins have confirmed Bruins winger Milan Lucic has entered the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. Lucic pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault and battery on a family member at his arraignment at the Suffolk County Superior Courthouse in Boston on Tuesday and was released on personal recognizance with a no-abuse order and no alcohol while the case is pending. A pre-trial date of Jan. 19 was set. [Boston Bruins]
  • Juuso Parssinen has the versatility to play all three forward spots, but center is his natural position. With the Nashville Predators down two of their top three centers for the foreseeable future, first-year head coach Andrew Brunette decided to slide Parssinen back to center ice where he’s probably most comfortable in hopes of stabilizing a Predators top-six unit that’s been hit hard with injuries through the first 17 games. [Nashville Predators]
  • Wednesday night was a matchup between two of the top five teams in the Western Conference when the Colorado Avalanche hosted the Vancouver Canucks, but all eyes were really on two players. Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar. [Colorado Avalanche]
  • While the Detroit Red Wings were playing in Sweden last week as part of the NHL Global Series, they were arriving in Stockholm with more Swedes in the front office than on the ice. Forward Lucas Raymond was the only Swedish player in the Detroit lineup. However, that situation is about to change. While in Sweden, Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman was talking excitedly about the number of top Swedish prospects currently in the club’s development pipeline. [Detroit Red Wings]