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Habs Daily: Draft Lottery, Trois-Rivières Lions Problems, Slafkovsky

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

 

  • With the NHL season winding down it’s important to keep an eye on the impact the schedule will have on the Montreal Canadiens and their NHL Draft Lottery odds. Things have improved since the last time we checked in, and there’s a possibility the odds could further improve in the final stretch of the year. [Canadiens Tank Watch: Situation Improved Ahead Of Draft Lottery]

 

  • Head coach Martin St-Louis rejoined the team after taking some time to deal with a family-related issue. The great news is that his son, Mason, is now feeling much better. [Habs Head Coach Martin St-Louis Rejoins Team]

  • The lone change to the lineup involved Samuel Montembeault being given the start against the Colorado Avalanche. The Habs were facing a familiar face, as former Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin is thriving with his new team.[Canadiens Game 71: Former Hab Drouin Thriving In Colorado]

 

  • Juraj Slafkovsky assisted Nick Suzuki’s 29th goal of the year, which means he’s now the franchise record holder for most points by a teenager in a single season, with 40. Oh, and other stuff happened in the game versus the Avalanche, but let’s be honest, Slafkovsky deserves his time in the spotlight. [Slafkovsky Sets Canadiens Franchise Record In Win vs. Colorado]

 

  • Things have gone from bad to worse for the Canadiens’ ECHL affiliate, the Trois-Rivières Lions. Deacon Sports and Entertainment (DSE) has not paid any rent since 2023, and they now owe the city over $1.1 million. But here’s the kicker, DSE is still profiting from ad sales and the concession stands. The ECHL wants DSE to sell the team by April 2. If the team is not sold, there’s a possibility the franchise will cease to exist before the end of the regular season.   [FR – Nouvelliste]

 

  • Prospect Quentin Miller was named the Goaltender Of The Month in the QMJHL. He won all his starts while maintaining a sparkling 0.928 save percentage.

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  • On some level, Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi likely conceded somewhere along the line that winning an individual performance award would be more difficult for him than others who play in larger markets with more national television exposure. [Nashville Predators]

  • Anders Lee made his first comment on the illegal hit that had him thrown from Sunday’s tilt against the New Jersey Devils. The Devils routed the New York Islanders to a 4-0 shutout on Sunday in a game that became a bit chippy toward the end. [New Jersey Devils]

  • The Colorado Avalanche must be really happy with what they’ve seen from Justus Annunen over the last month and a half. The Avalanche are locking down the 24-year-old goaltender for two more years. [Colorado Avalanche]
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