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

Montreal Canadiens News

  • Montreal Canadiens defenceman Kaiden Guhle is already trusted with absorbing some of the most important minutes in the lineup, but he will have to take the next step in his evolution if he’s to become a bonafide top-pairing player. To do that, the Habs will have to adjust his usage. [How Kaiden Guhle Can Take The Next Step In His Career]


  • Speaking of Guhle, the 22-year-old blue liner helped Team Canada cruise past Norway at the 2024 World Championship. By registering his fifth point of the tournament, Guhle trails only defencemen Erik Karlsson and Roman Josi in scoring.

  • Forward Cole Caufield is yet to find the back of the net for Team USA. He was held off the board in Thursday’s 5-0 win over France. As it stands. Caufield has registered two assists in four games. On a more positive note, he did take time to discuss Juraj Slafkovsky’s impressive growth in the final months of the season.

  • Finland lost to Austria on Thursday, but not before Canadiens prospect Oliver Kapanen scored his sixth goal of the tournament in just his fourth game. He continues to lead all players in goal-scoring at the World Championship.


National Hockey Now Network

  • The New York Rangers rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 at PNC Arena Thursday. Chris Kreider had a third-period hat trick, and the Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, in the process denying the Pittsburgh Penguins a first-round pick. New York beat Carolina 5-3. The Penguins’ draft order is now set. By virtue of the Jake Guentzel trade, the Penguins would have received Carolina’s first-round pick if the Hurricanes advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. They would also have received a fifth-rounder if the Hurricanes won the Cup. Both are now void. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • As it turns out, the New Jersey Devils drafting defenseman Simon Nemec second overall in the 2022 NHL Draft was bang on. The Slovak defenseman has only become better and better each season since he was drafted and continues to prove why he was the right choice as a future top-pairing defenseman. [New Jersey Devils]
  • Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand has finally addressed the sucker punch he took from Florida Panthers center Sam Bennett that injured him in Game 3. The upper-body injury forced him to miss Games 4 and 5 of the second-round playoff series between the Atlantic Division rivals but he could return to play in Game 6 at TD Garden on Friday night. [Boston Bruins]