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

Montreal Canadiens News

  • There are only a handful of games left in the regular season, which places a higher level of importance on every result. It also means it’s time for another edition of the Montreal Canadiens Tank Watch. Overall, the Habs are in a good position down the stretch, but there are several factors at play. [Canadiens Tank Watch: Draft Lottery Odds Becoming Clearer]


  • It’s been a very interesting season for prospect Florian Xhekaj. He went from a post-draft afterthought to one of the most productive prospects in the entire system. What’s more, it wasn’t a matter of luck or happenstance. Xhekaj tripled his production while also improving the quality involved in the execution of his plays. Seeing as his Junior team was just eliminated from the OHL playoffs, there’s a possibility that Xhekaj could end up playing a few games for the Laval Rocket while also maintaining his amateur status to ensure he’s still eligible to play in the CHL.   [Habs Contract Options For Prospect Florian Xhekaj]


  • One thing we often take for granted is being able to spend time with our families. That’s simply not a reality for many hockey players, which means the time they do get to spend together is special.


  • Speaking of prospects, Vinzenz Rohrer has had a very interesting season in the NL (Switzerland). He quickly established himself as a third-line player who could drive a reasonable amount of offence while creating chaos in the offensive zone. Keep in mind that Rohrer is only 19 years old, playing in a professional hockey league at that age is never easy. His team, the Zurich Lions, is now set to play in the finals. They’ll likely face Lausanne, seeing as they currently have a 3-1 series lead over Fribourg in the other NL semifinal.



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  • On Sunday afternoon, the New Jersey Devils recalled forward Shane Bowers from the American Hockey League. There was a reason for that. New Jersey’s interim head coach Travis Green explained that Devils forward Curtis Lazar might miss the remainder of the 2023-24 season. [New Jersey Devils]

  • The Philadelphia Flyers have shocked a few people in recent weeks. Even as little as a day before it happened, nobody expected Ivan Fedotov to come and join the Flyers. Alexei Kolosov was far from a done deal until it happened. At some point, Matvei Michkov could complete the trifecta, but that day is still a few years away. [Philadelphia Flyers]

  • First-year Nashville Predators head coach Andrew Brunette has the team in a playoff position with four games left in the regular season. But perhaps even more impressive than Nashville’s (slightly) improbable run to the playoffs is the number of players who are having career seasons under his guidance.

    [Nashville Predators]