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Habs Daily: The Top Line Is Cooking, More Canadiens Injuries



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Check out the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed during the weekend.

Habs News

  • ICYMI: The Montreal Canadiens lost 3-2 to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. For the most part, the Habs were outplayed, but the top line of Juraj Salfkovsky, Nick Suzuki, and Cole Caufield continued to produce great results despite playing in losing causes.[Canadiens Recap: Slafkovsky, Suzuki, Caufield Continue To Score]
  • The Habs can’t seem to play a game without losing a player. Unfortunately, winger Rafael Harvey-Pinard had to leave Saturday’s game after he suffered a lower-body injury. This led to a call-up for the team’s top forward prospect, Joshua Roy. [Montreal Canadiens Recall Top Forward Prospect From AHL]
  • The top line kept up their momentum by scoring against the St.Louis Blues on Sunday, but that’s about it in terms of good news. The Canadiens gave up a touchdown during the second leg of their back-to-back matinee games. [Fights, Injuries, & Penalties Leave Bitter Taste in Canadiens Mouth]
  • Montreal lost two defencemen on Sunday. Jordan Harris left the game after a hit led to a violent fall on the ice. Kaiden Guhle was forced to retreat to the locker room late in the third when a useless hit left him unable to continue. Both players will require further evaluations. As for Harvey-Pinard, the Habs announced he would miss four to six weeks.

  • To put a fine point on the top line’s play during a difficult stretch, Slafkovsky and Suzuki have outscored the vast majority of the lineup by a decent margin.

  • Habs players made their picks ahead of Super Bowl LVIII.



National Hockey Now Network

  • The New Jersey Devils must be buyers at the NHL Trade Deadline. That opinion might not be shocking to many who are reading this. However, there are a few contrarian voices out there that believe the Devils should sell off expiring contracts such as Tyler Toffoli and Colin Miller. That would absolutely be a mistake. [New Jersey Devils ]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins president of hockey operations/GM Kyle Dubas has granted himself continuances to decide if his team has what it takes to make the playoffs and be competitive. The Penguins’ long-time rivals, the Washington Capitals share a similiar life cycle and are facing the same momentous decisions to chase the playoffs or begin selling parts before the NHL trade deadline. [Pittsburgh Penguins]

  • Through 53 games, Ryan Johansen has managed to put up just 18 points in a Colorado uniform, but even that looks better on paper than what the team has gotten. Five of those 18 points came in the first six games, with four of those points coming with the man advantage. Since then, it’s been a struggle. [Colorado Avalanche]
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The press release says RHP is out 4-6 weeks, but you say 6-8. Has something changed or is that just a typo?