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10-20-2012, 05:26 PM
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I wouldn't call the Coyotes or Avalanche better than the Habs, despite what last year's standings say. Definitely not much better.
The Coyotes had 97 points in 82 games and went to their conference final (3rd or 4th bestt team from the top), whereas Montreal had 78 points in 82 games and drafted 3rd or 4th from the bottom. They are a vastly superior team team. Note also that they did this in a stronger division.

Colorado had 88 points in 82 games. They are a marginally better team. They're more similar to the Habs. The Habs were in the weakest eastern conference division and had a bad record in spite of a cupcake schedule, and Colorado were in the weakest western conference division and did bad in spite of bad a bad schedule. Montreal had a goal differential of -14, and Colorado had a goal differential of -12.

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