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Canadiens Game Day: Banged-up Habs get ready to play Jets
The Canadiens are a banged-up hockey team. That was the message from head coach Dominique Ducharme ahead of Friday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). Forwards Paul Byron and Tomas Tatar aren’t expected to play after missing practice Thursday because of lower-body injuries. Jonathan Drouin is on long-term injured reserve for personal reasons, while Brendan Gallagher isn’t expected back before the end of the regular season because of a fractured thumb and goalie Carey Price is still recovering from a concussion.
In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadiens defenceman and NHL assistant coach Rick Green — along with host Julian McKenzie discuss the importance of having Quebec francophone players on the Canadiens’ roster.
Striking the balance of finding the best players available and keeping homegrown talent in Montreal.
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Stu Cowan: Shutt's advice to Habs' rookie sniper Caufield — Just shoot .
Steve Shutt chuckled Thursday morning when asked what it’s like to watch someone else scoring goals for the Canadiens while wearing his old No. 22. “I actually did an interview with Cole (Caufield on the Canadiens’ website) and he sounds like a really nice kid,” Shutt said from his home in Sarasota, Fla. “But I see a lot of similarities between the two of us and I told him that. I was giving him a couple of tips and one of the things was — I guess Corey Perry was telling him: ‘If you got the shot, take it. Don’t be passing it.’ I told him: ‘Cole, you’re a shooter. Whatever everybody else tells you, you’re a shooter. Don’t even waste your time passing the puck because I never did.