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Habs Daily: Joshua Roy’s Great Play, Draft Lottery, Harris

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A look back at the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed on Tuesday.

Habs News

  • It finally happened! The Montreal Canadiens put an end to their five-game losing streak on Tuesday night when they beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. It was a very strong game from young players such as Joshua Roy and Jordan Harris. Roy, in particular, is quickly cementing his place in the Canadiens’ top six at a rather impressive pace when we consider his lack of professional hockey experience.  [Canadiens Youngsters Roy And Harris End Lengthy Losing Streak Xhekaj’s Impact, Harris]

 

  • If you’re worried about the impact of the win when it comes to the team’s Draft Lottery odds, I suggest you take a look at the remaining strength of schedule for the Canadiens. They’ll face a murderer’s row of opponents in the final stretch of the season. [Montreal Canadiens Outlook: Improving NHL Draft Lottery Odds]

 

  • As for Harris, there seems to be a desire to move the young defenceman to make space on the blue line. On the surface, it makes sense. The Habs have good defensive depth and some difficult decisions will have to be made. But for now, Harris is outplaying many of his counterparts and does not deserve to be treated as a throw-in when making trade proposals. He has much more value to the Habs on the ice than he would in a trade.  [Canadiens Mailbag: Habs Trade Deadline, Xhekaj’s Impact, Stop Trading Harris]

 

  • Captain Nick Suzuki took some time to visit with an old friend when Sean Durzi arrived in town. Speaking of Suzuki, he’s second only to Auston Matthews when it comes to goals scored in February.

 

National Hockey Now Network

  • Despite the difficult season from a team standpoint, it appears that former Hab Tyler Toffoli is likely to sign a contract extension with the New Jersey Devils. [New Jersey Devils]
  • Before the Nashville Predators embarked on their most recent West Coast road trip, the odds of the team trading goaltender Juuse Saros looked pretty good. But after five straight wins, the Predators hold a firm four-point lead over the St. Louis Blues for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, likely taking a Saros blockbuster off the table unless another GM is desperate enough to meet Barry Trotz’s ridiculously high asking price. [Nashville Predators]

  • Perhaps the best possible news for the Philadelphia Flyers and Flyers fans: the Jamie Drysdale injury is reportedly “week-to-week”, and is not expected to cost the young defenseman the rest of his season. [Philadelphia Flyers]