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Habs Daily: Reinbacher Potential AHL Pairings, Gallagher’s Value



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Here are the latest Montreal Canadiens news, highlights, and stories you may have missed on Monday.


  • The Montreal Canadiens officially announced top prospect David Reinbacher will be loaned to their AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket. Laval doesn’t play until Friday, giving him some time to study his new playbook. We also looked into the potential pairings for Reinbacher once he makes his North American professional hockey debut. [Canadiens Loan Prospect Reinbacher To Laval, Potential Pairings]


  • Many have criticized the play of Brendan Gallagher this season. And while it’s true he’s no longer providing the impact he once did, the narrative has reached the point where we need to re-adjust our perception to match reality. No, Gallagher no longer dominates his shifts, but if we set emotions aside and take an unbiased look at his results, he’s far from the team’s biggest problem. [The Most Polarizing Montreal Canadiens Forward In 2023-24]


  • With a goal and an assist to his credit, prospect Luke Tuch is the Hockey East Player of the Week.


  • The Habs practiced ahead of their game against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. There were no significant changes to the lineup, though Jesse Ylonen practiced on the third line, while both Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Michael Pezzetta slotted onto the fourth line.

Caufield – Suzuki – Slafkovsky

Roy – Newhook – Armia

Gallagher – Evans/Ylonen – Anderson

Pearson – White – Harvey-Pinard/Pezzetta

Matheson – Guhle

Xhekaj – Savard

Struble/Harris – Kovacevic


  • The players also had a little fun at practice. Someone printed Arber Xhekaj’s first name on his helmet, while Michael Pezzetta was seen practicing with No.68 on his helmet.


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  • It might have taken 60 games, but the Pittsburgh Penguins have both found a productive third line and are getting the most out of Reilly Smith. Lars Eller is the pinwheel of the new Penguins lines, and things finally spinning.[Pittsburgh Penguins]

  • The eagle has landed. Nikolai Kovalenko has made his way across the pond and is officially in Denver. It’s just a matter of time before he makes his debut in a Colorado Avalanche jersey, but most people have no clue what type of player he is. [Colorado Avalanche]

  • With new ideas for on-ice tactics and a fresh perspective, Patrick Roy came in with a burst of energy when he was named the head coach of the New York Islanders. But as the Islanders have lost four straight games in uninspiring fashion, the fiery enthusiasm that is Roy’s trademark has dwindled along with the team’s playoff chances. [New York Islanders]