The Hockey News predicts Habs will finish 8th in East
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08-14-2011, 10:46 AM
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any prediction btw 5-10 is fairly easy to justify imo...
top-4 & out of the playoff picture (10+) are stretches either way and would require either everything going right or everything going wrong.
given the normal amount of injuries, positive performances/disapointing perfomances, our team is probably looking at another 6-8 finish, strong/deep enough to weather some tough stretches and remain a playoff team, but not strong/deep enough to contend for a home-playoff seed unless things go remarkably well.
we definitely have advantages due to goaltending (Price is one of top 2-3 goalies in the conference), chemistry (our opening day roster should be only minimaly different from last season), and a pretty strong system of play that gets the most out of the group (if not out of the individuals).
but our 5 on 5 scoring depth and overal team toughness is still questionable, our defensive depth is thin (2 players back from serious injury, 2 veterans on their last legs, 2 unproven young players) and we still lack that consistent offensive precense up front.
still not a contender, but with enough solid pieces to be considered a strong bet to make the playoffs and potentially upset some teams once we get there.
Emerging youth will play a big factor. Emelin, Eller, Pacs, DD, Weber are not kids and could have breakout seasons. Management seems to have faith that they will. If they continue to develop the Habs would have unprecedented depth. Markov, Subban, Price are stars. Cammi, Plecs, Cole, Gionta arent chickenfeed. Gomez may click with his linemates. I suspect that Pacs will play with Gomez and pacs can play the give and go, make plays as well as score. If Gomez rebounds the Habs can play with any team.
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