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Here’s all the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed Wednesday.

Habs News

  • Juraj Slafkovsky has been excellent since joining Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield on the top line. However, some credit must be sent Martin St-Louis’ way for showing patience concerning their slow production during the first stretch of games together. [Juraj Slafkovsky’s Play On The Montreal Canadiens Top Line]
  • There’s been no update on Josh Anderson’s injury. The power forward left the game against the Dallas Stars and was seen going down the tunnel in significant pain. Despite the unfortunate injury, Anderson did win the Molson Cup in December.

  • Over 116,000 fans watched PWHL Montreal’s season opener against Ottawa. Ann-Sophie Bettez scored in overtime to secure the win for Montreal.

  • Prospects Lane Hutson, Jacob Fowler and Team USA will face Finland in the 2024 World Junior Championship semifinal. The game starts at 1:30 pm ET. Hutson expects the crowd to skew heavily in Finland’s favour.



National Hockey Now Network

  • Former Hab Jonathan Drouin has found his rhythm with his new team, the Colorado Avalanche. Head coach Jared Bednar was heaped praise on the veteran winger, pointing out his excellent play with and without the puck. [Colorado Avalanche]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Ryan Graves doesn’t want to ignore his mistakes. “There’s no pity party is going on. You don’t want to say, ‘Oh, it’s your stick. It’s a bad bounce. It shouldn’t happen. Poor Me.’ Like, it’s hockey, it happens,” said Graves. “It’s a game of mistakes. And you need to find ways to stay in games and to claw back once back into it.”. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • Sam Reinhart joked that Sasha Barkov seems to get another franchise record with the Florida Panthers “every few weeks.’’ Those days are over. As Matthew Tkachuk surmised, there just are not any more records left for Barkov to claim as his own. [Florida Panthers]