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Game Day Notebook: Kings looking for sixth straight win vs. Canadiens

  Game Day Notebook: Kings looking for sixth straight win vs. Canadiens The Los Angeles Kings are on a roll heading into Tuesday’s game against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). So is former Canadien Phillip Danault. The Kings beat the Maple Leafs 5-1 Monday night in Toronto with Danault scoring two goals and adding an assist. It was the fifth straight win for the Kings (6-5-1) and the streak started with a 5-2 victory over the Canadiens on Oct. 30 in Los Angeles. Danault So is former Canadien Phillip Danault.

The Montreal Canadiens came back with a drastically stronger effort on Saturday night, winning 6-3 against the Nashville Predators for just their fifth victory of the season. They should also be getting some reinforcements in the coming days and weeks, as several updates were given on injured players on Monday.

Cedric Paquette has missed the Canadiens' last six games. © Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports Cedric Paquette has missed the Canadiens' last six games.

Head coach Dominique Ducharme told reporters including Eric Engels of Sportsnet that Cedric Paquette could be back as early as Wednesday, while Mike Hoffman and Mathieu Perreault skated on Monday. Hoffman is out for at least another week, while Perreault’s vision is not back fully yet, but there is optimism he will be okay following his second procedure. Joel Edmundson and Jake Allen were both on the ice Monday as well, although the former isn’t expected to play just yet and an update on the latter won’t come until Tuesday.

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 Cédric Jubillar incarcerated: these elements that could undermine his request for freedom © Facebook Capture Cédric Jubillar incarcerated: these elements that could hurt his request for freedom on Tuesday, November 16, justice examines the new application for Release of Cédric Jubillar, indicted and incarcerated since June 18 for the murder of his wife. But several elements revealed by the survey could convince judges to keep him in detention. Cédric Jubillar continues to claim its innocence .

  • While much of the focus Monday was on the news that Kevin Hayes re-injured himself and is out week-to-week, there were some other updates out of the Philadelphia Flyers organization. Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Wade Allison has resumed skating and has been cleared for practice with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Unfortunately for the Flyers, Tyson Foerster could miss five months with a shoulder injury. Foerster, a 2020 first-round pick, is one of the handful of junior-aged players who secured an exemption to play in the AHL this season because of their games in 2020-21.
  • Some concern was raised Monday when a report emerged about Mike Smith’s status, but both Jason Gregor and Ryan Rishaug of TSN tweet that as of now, surgery is not the plan for the Edmonton Oilers goaltender. Rishaug adds that the expectation is still that Smith will return at some point in December. Smith hasn’t played since Oct. 19, but Stuart Skinner has more than made up for his absence with a .939 save percentage in five appearances.

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Game Day Notebook: Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher will play 600th game

  Game Day Notebook: Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher will play 600th game Brendan Gallagher will play his 600th career NHL game with the Canadiens Thursday when the Pittsburgh Penguins are the visitors at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). Gallagher has experienced many ups and downs during his 10 seasons with the Canadiens. There was the high of making it to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in his career last season, followed by the low this season with the Canadiens getting off to a 4-12-2 start and sitting in 29th place in the overall NHL standings heading into Thursday night’s game.

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Hickey on hockey: Cleaning up Canadiens mess a tall task for Gorton .
When legendary comedian Stan Laurel would become embroiled in a sticky situation, his partner Oliver Hardy would say: “This is a fine mess you’ve gotten us into.” Jeff Gorton, the Canadiens’ newly hired executive vice-president of hockey operations, knows that feeling because he has inherited a fine mess from Marc Bergevin. Gorton met the media for the first time on Friday and, while he said he’s still getting up to speed on how best to turn around the Canadiens, there are signs that the team is heading for a major rebuild. That will involve bringing in fresh talent through the draft and development, and clearing out the dead wood.

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