All Habs Headlines: Monday February 26, 2018
|On this day in hockey history…
2002 — Team Canada won the 2002 Olympic Gold Medal in Hockey by beating Team U.S.A. 5-2 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joe Sakic led the scoring with two goals and two assists.
1982 — Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky beat Don Edwards for his 77th goal of the season, to break the NHL record of 76 held by Phil Esposito.
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► Game Day
- The Montreal Canadiens host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Bell Centre. To get ready for puck drop, watch for our Game Day feature.
- The Canadiens were edged in a shootout by Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Check out the game report here : RECAP | Lightning – Canadiens: Bolts With Shootout Win
- The Laval Rocket were in Belleville on Saturday. Recap is here: ROCKET RECAP | Rocket – Senators: Laval Wins Two Consecutive On The Road
► Forward lines, defense pairings at practice – February 26th
Pacioretty – Drouin – Lehkonen
Byron – De La Rose – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Danault – Hudon
Deslauriers – Froese / L. Shaw – Carr
Mete – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Morrow – Benn / Schlemko
► Injury update
- Ales Hemsky – concussion (indefinite), skating on his own
- Shea Weber – out for the season
- Andrew Shaw – poised to return
- Carey Price – concussion (indefinite)
► Pleky a Leaf
- On Sunday, the Canadiens announced that veteran centre Tomas Plekanec had been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- The Habs received defenceman Rinat Valiev, forward Kerby Rychel and a second round pick in 2018 for Plekanec and forward Kyle Baun.
- Plekanec is just 19 games short of 1000 NHL career games. The Leafs have 18 games remaining this season.
► Captain on the move?
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 25, 2018
► Gio is a Bruin
Team USA Olympic captain Brian Gionta has signed a contract for the rest of the season with the @NHLBruins
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 25, 2018
► Davidson fetches third round pick
#Isles acquire D Brandon Davidson from EDM for a 2019 3rd round pick.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) February 24, 2018
► Jerabek looking to play more
- Defenceman Jakub Jerabek was traded to the Washington Capitals for a fifth-round pick on Wednesday.
- Jerabek has not played in Montreal since February 1st, playing just 25 games for the Canadiens. Regarding sitting in the press box, Jerabek said, “It was my first experience with this situation. In the first two weeks, I didn’t know what was going on because the coaches just told me that I played well, but they were just making some competition between the [defensemen], so I had to wait for my next chance. It was hard. But now I’m happy that I’m here.”
► Juulsen debut
- Canadiens defenceman Noah Juulsen now has two NHL games under his belt after making his NHL debut vs the New York Rangers on Thursday night and then facing the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
- Juulsen provided strong, physical two-way play in a top four role being paired with veteran Karl Alzner.
► Habs goaltending depth
And Cayden Primeau becomes the fifth freshman in @hockey_east history to be named the conference’s goaltending champion!
— Northeastern MHKY (@GoNUmhockey) February 25, 2018
- The Francis Bouillon arena was christened in honor of the former Habs defenceman.
Newly renovated $8M Francis-Bouillon arena inaugurated https://t.co/FC3WIzWxLB
— Global Montreal (@Global_Montreal) February 19, 2018
- Shea Weber visited a foot specialist in Green Bay and will require surgery to repair tendon damage. Weber has been shut down for the remainder of the season and is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp next season.
► St. Cloud 9
- St. Cloud State led by Ryan Poehling has been named the top NCAA Division 1 hockey program.
— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) February 19, 2018
► Release the Kraken!
- Seattle will begin a ticket sales drive in their bid for NHL expansion.
- A popular possible name for the franchise to be voted upon by fans is the Kraken.
— SportsCentre (@SportsCentre) February 20, 2018
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