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Habs news: Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson

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


  • Top Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson improved his scoring pace this season, an impressive feat given how well he played during his freshman season. But the most important change in Hutson’s game has come in the form of improving his defensive awareness. This bodes well for his arrival in the NHL. [Canadiens Prospect Lane Hutson Improving All-Situations Play]


  • The Habs couldn’t match Vancouver’s talent or work rate on Thursday night, which led to a well-deserved 4-1 win for the Canucks. There was a silver lining, as Juraj Salfkovsky extended his scoring streak to six games by scoring his team’s lone goal. [Canadiens Slafkovsky Extends Scoring Streak In Loss To Canucks]


  • The Canadiens provided an update on Joshua Roy’s injury. The 20-year-old forward is expected to miss four to six weeks, which means he’s unlikely to play another game in the NHL this season. It’s unfortunate for a myriad of reasons, including that Roy has quickly become one of the team’s best forwards during his short time with the Canadiens. [Montreal Canadiens Top Forwards Since All-Star Break]


  • Habs prospect Blake Biondi is among the players who entered the NCAA transfer portal. This means he has officially declared he no longer wants to play for the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is interested in joining another team. Biondi was selected in the fifth round of the 2020 Entry Draft and has eight goals and 11 assists in 34 NCAA games this season.


  • Prospect expert Sebastian High took a closer look at David Reinbacher’s season with Kloten, what we can expect from Reinbacher once he plays, as well as some strengths and weaknesses in his game. [Sebastian High]
  • Jacob Fowler has had a very encouraging freshman season in the NCAA. The Boston College netminder is among the three finalists for the Mike Richter trophy, which is given to the NCAA’s best goaltender.



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  • Walking around the halls of Bridgestone Arena, seemingly every Nashville Predators player you pass, as well as head coach Andrew Brunette, is wearing a navy ball cap with the word “relentless” scrolled across the front in gold font. Not only has that phrase become the Predators’ mantra as of late, it also best describes the way the team has played over the last month, particularly in the third period.[Nashville Predators]

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins still have a chance to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. And Duquesne, fresh off its opening-round victory over BYU, has a chance not only to win the NCAA basketball championship but to do it without giving up more than 30 points in any of its remaining games. [Pittsburgh Penguins]

  • A mere 14 games remain on the schedule for the Calgary Flames, and the possibility of making the playoffs is starting to look like a fading dream. [Calgary Flames]