Crossing The NHL's Atlantic Division: Week 28

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Montreal Canadiens

By Andy Bayer

Montreal Canadiens – Canada’s team. The Habs are going to be the only Canadian team in the playoffs, the first time that’s happened since 1973, when the Habs won the Cup (an omen of things to come?). But if the Habs’ recent play is any indication, the only cups they’ll come close to are their jock straps. The Habs results have been consistently good lately, but their play has been anything but consistent. Two games this past week were case in point. The Habs scored seven goals against the Senators to win but they had only 33 per cent of the shot attempts and were drastically outplayed. The next day they beat the hot Red Wings and controlled possession even though it was a close game.

The Habs may have caught a big break for the playoffs, as Ben Bishop got hurt against the Leafs last night. They may need that break, as their recent shooting luck will not continue throughout the playoffs, especially if they face Bishop. As a Habs fan, I advise Canadians not to get behind the Canadiens in the playoffs. I fear it will only lead to more disappointment. 

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