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Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson OT goal

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

 

  • Head coach Martin St-Louis gave his team a well-deserved day off following the big 4-1 win on Thursday, but there was some news including a Montreal Canadiens player. Defenceman Kaiden Guhle had a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety following an incident that took place versus the Philadephia Flyers. It wasn’t a particularly violent play, but Guhle interfered with the game from the bench, which is clearly against the rules. [Montreal Canadiens Defenceman Facing Possible Suspension]

 

  • The NHL’s Department of Player Safety did not take long to render their verdict. Guhle will be suspended for one game due to his slash from the bench on Flyers forward Travis Konecny. [Kaiden Guhle Suspended For One Game]

 

  • Juraj Slafkovsky was all smiles on Friday morning. The 19-year-old is still one of the youngest players in the league, and while his recent surge in production is encouraging, Slafkovsky believes the best is yet to come.

 

  • The CHL and NCAA playoffs are in full swing. Several key prospects, including Lane Hutson, Jacob Fowler, and Owen Beck enjoyed a very strong start to their championship runs. Beck, in particular, set the tone for the Saginaw Spirit with a three-point effort.[Canadiens Prospect Playoff Updates – Fowler, Beck, Hutson]

 

  • You’ll note Fowler is described as a big-game player, and though that term is thrown around a little too often, Fowler’s results in big games are hard to ignore.

 

 

 

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  • The Calgary Flames fell 5-3 to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Amid a game full of high-pace, blow-for-blow offensive action, newcomer Joel Hanley found himself dropping the gloves with St. Louis Blues forward Nathan Walker. A bout that both combatants will certainly take note of. After all, round three may be just around the corner. [Calgary Flames]

  • Before the 2023 season began, Nashville Hockey Now had a roundtable debate about whether or not Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg was a top-20 winger. The question has always been a polarizing one as Forsberg’s reputation has always been more favourable with those familiar with the Central Division than it is nationally. But given the kind of season the 29-year-old Swede is having, there may not be much of a debate anymore, and Forsberg’s ascension to the NHL’s top tier of elite scorers can largely be attributed to first-year head coach Andrew Brunette.[Nashville Predators]

  • Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ryan Graves has been diagnosed with a concussion. Coach Mike Sullivan, who announced Graves’ injury following the team’s practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex Friday, did not offer a projected timeline for his return.[Pittsburgh Penguins]
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10 games left in the season, beginning here with 4 in a row at home, against Carolina, Florida, TB and then the Leafs. Then on the road to play NYR.

5 good teams, all playoff bound.

Canadiens might find playing those guys a bit tougher than going up against Seattle or the Flyers.

After that, the schedule gets easier, Habs play in Philadelphia before 3 at home against NYI, Ott and Detroit, and then finish up against the Red Wings on the road.

Funny, it’s 5 games against some very good teams, and then 5 games against mediocre to bad teams.

I think it was Pat Gillick of the Toronto Blue Jays who was quoted as saying that a GM should read nothing in to how a team plays out the last month or so of the schedule. Which means that should Montreal finish the season on a high that doesn’t mean there will be any carryover into next season.

There’s no pressure on Canadiens’ players to perform, they are well out of the playoffs, and it could be that teams playing a team like Montreal go with their back-up goalie, look past a game against Habs thinking it’s a gimme and don’t play hard.