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Habs hitting their stride, just at the right time

Apr 10, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

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In Carey Price, they’ve got one of the best goalies in the game. In P.K. Subban, they’ve got the reigning Norris Trophy winner. They added a dangerous winger at the deadline, in Thomas Vanek, to go with the dangerous winger they already had, in Max Pacioretty. And since the middle of March, they’ve won 10 of 13.

We are, of course, talking about the Montreal Canadiens. Or, as they’re known in Canada, the team that made the playoffs.

“The way they’re playing right now…this is a team that can challenge for a Stanley Cup,” said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, whose club will take on the Habs tonight.

Montreal is set to face Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs, probably with home-ice advantage. Beat the Lightning, who could be without goalie Ben Bishop for that series, and another battle with their historical rivals from Boston — a team they’ve already beaten three times this season — could be next.

Not to suggest the Habs don’t have their issues. Five on five, they’ve been mediocre or worse much of the season. On Price, they’ve been overly reliant at times.

But there’s no question they’ve been trending in the right direction.

Which is to say, there’s legitimate hope for Canada’s only hope.

  1. rdk - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    It’s nice to see the Canadian media looking forward to a spring break full of strippers, beer, and poutine.

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Sounds like a (any) (Thurs)day to me.

  2. terrier92 - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Let the drama show begin.

  3. dropthepuckeh - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Fortunately for the Habs they rarely have to play 5 on 5 because they are usually on the PP due to all the diving and ref favoritism. It would be nice to see them have to play by the same rules as the rest of the NHL but I guess you need to keep one Canadian team around somehow.

    • bsaures - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Montreal is 21st in PP versus PK time with 23 mins more spent on the PK so wheres the favoritism?

      Every team has divers on it these days. Name me a team that doesnt?

    • mrhogan88 - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      If that were the case, it wouldn’t be all that fortunate. Their PP has been in the toilet for months.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      I don’t think they had a single power play against Chicago last night.

  4. billiam55 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    thumbs up if u cant stand the montreal conadiens.

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