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MONTREAL — There is never a dull moment when it comes to all things Montreal Canadiens, but there aren’t enough hours in the week to keep up with all the stories, especially during the holiday season.

On Sundays, we will recap the most exciting and relevant NHL news stories that you may have missed throughout the week so that you can stay in the loop.


  • ICYMI: The Habs were once again playing a team that’s on the tail-end of back-to-back games, but the Panthers, standing ninth overall in the league, thanks (mostly) to a red-hot Sam Reinhart, are never an easy opponent. The locals managed to earn the win in a low-event game, thanks to two powerplay goals. [Dry Offense, Poor Penalty Kill Cost Canadiens Against Panthers]
  • The Habs closed out 2023 with a very, very weird game. Johnathan Kovacevic scored one of the oddest goals you’ll ever see, but it was not enough to secure a win against the Lightning. [Canadiens Close Out 2023 With Weird Goals & Big Hits vs Tampa]
  • Montreal Canadiens prospects Filip Mesar and Lane Hutson are enjoying a great 2024 World Junior Championship. Mesar started hot and continues to provide excellent playmaking for Slovakia, while Hutson started slow but has ramped up his play in recent games.

  • As for prospect Owen Beck, he scored his first goal of the tournament for Team Canada during their 6-3 win over Germany on Sunday afternoon.



  • The Montreal Canadiens were outplayed against the Dallas Stars, but thanks to yet another great game from Juraj Slafkovsky, Nick Suzuki, and Cole Caufield, Martin St-Louis’ team emerged with a 4-3 win. Samuel Montembeault also played well despite allowing a few late goals. [Slafkovsky, Caufield, & Suzuki Dominate In Win Over Dallas]
  • If you need further proof of the top line’s dominance against Dallas you can check out their Gamescore. It’s a little too early to confidently declare the Habs have a great top line, but all the signs point to a cohesive unit that has an exciting amount of untapped potential.

  • The PWHL Montreal chapter played its first game against Ottawa. Not only did the game set a record for the most fans in attendance for a professional women’s hockey game, but the Montreal team also beat Ottawa in overtime thanks to a clutch goal by Ann-Sophie Bettez.

  • Two Habs prospects will be in action when the United States takes on Finland at the 2024 World Junior Championship. Lane Hutson is expected to play a big role in the USA’s push for a gold medal.




  • According to Elliotte Friedman, Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes is sticking to his guns when it comes to the availability of his goaltenders on the NHL’s trade market. The Habs aren’t the only team with an available goaltender, but they aren’t in any hurry to move one, either. Hughes set a price and is waiting for a team to meet it. [Canadiens Holding Out For Bigger Return In Goalie Trade]
  • There was some good news ahead of the game against the Buffalo Sabres. Forward Josh Anderson will not miss any time despite leaving Tuesday’s game in considerable pain. Rafael Harvey-Pinard was also spotted at practice, but he’s not ready to return to the lineup just yet. [Canadiens Game 38: Encouraging Injury Update For Anderson]
  • Unfortunately, not all the health updates were encouraging. Centre Christian Dvorak will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. There are a few options for call-ups from the AHL, but the options are starting to become few and far between for Laval Rocket call-ups. [Canadiens Dvorak Season Is Over, Call-Up Options From AHL]
  • Nick Suzuki received yet another well-deserved invite to the All-Star festivities. The Canadiens captain will participate in this fourth All-Star weekend, his third as a proper All-Star. [Nick Suzuki Named to All-Star Team]


  • The Habs were let down by their special teams versus the Sabres, however, Joel Armia did manage to score an excellent shorthanded goal. [Habs Let Down By Special Teams Versus Buffalo]
  • For the second season in a row, Habs prospect Owen Beck will join a new team after playing for Canada at the 2024 World Junior Championship. Beck is expected to be traded from the Peterborough Petes to the Memorial Cup host, the Saginaw Spirit. [Habs Prospect Owen Beck Involved In OHL Trade]
  • Despite a slow start by his standards, Lane Hutson was named as one of Team USA’s players of the tournament at the World Juniors. Hutson and Team USA will face Sweden on Friday to compete for the gold medal.



  • Prospect Review- Montreal Canadiens draft pick Lane Hutson is officially a gold medalist. The 19-year-old phenom won gold with Team USA at the 2024 World Junior Championship. He was the busiest player at the tournament, logging more ice time than any other skater. He was also named one of the top defencemen of the entire event. Forward Filip Mesar also had a very productive tournament for Team Slovakia. [Canadiens World Juniors Prospect Review: Hutson & Mesar Shine]
  • Things got heated at the end of the gold medal game. A few Swedish players decided to team up on an American forward, which led to Hutson intervening. The 5’10” defenceman did not hesitate to take down his 6’4″ Swedish counterpart. [GOTTA SEE IT: Lane Hutson Embarrasses Swedish Bully]
  • Hutson was very busy throughout the World Junior Championship.

  • He only played three games for Team USA, but goaltender Jacob Fowler is also officially a gold medalist.

  • There was some good news at practice. Both Tanner Pearson and Rafael Harvey-Pinard skated ahead of the team’s main practice. They’re not quite ready to play yet, but a return to play shouldn’t be too far off the horizon. The Canadiens also called up forward Emil Heineman from the Laval Rocket. [Canadiens Practice Notes: Pearson & Harvey Pinard, Laval Call-Up]