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Secrets to the Canadiens' surprising success

Montreal is one of the happiest surprises of 2018-19. What have been the biggest factors for its strong performance thus far?

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Scott Gordon, 55, is now the Philadelphia Flyers' interim coach. But could he end up as their next head coach? Gordon ticks a couple of boxes for in-house hirings. He took over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 2015, meaning he's already coached a good chunk of this Flyers' roster in the AHL, including players like Travis Sanheim, Jordan Weal, Robert Hagg and goalie of the future Carter Hart. He has NHL head coaching experience, coaching two full seasons and 17 games of a third with the New York Islanders from 2008-11. He's also been an AHL head coach for 10 seasons. While many Flyers fans are dreaming of a Joel Quenneville Christmas, one wonders if GM Chuck Fletcher – who already said he'll consider "in-house" solutions for the Flyers' ills – won't use this as an audition for Gordon, who was once a highly regarded coaching prospect. Look no further than the Boston Bruins and Bruce Cassidy for inspiration. But keep in mind this scenario all depends on the Flyers turning around their season and Quenneville's ultimate decision on his next stop.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN2h ago

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