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01-26-2013, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
If you think the first 3 games are significant then you might also think the Habs are a legitimate contender.

There's just no way those teams do that badly.
The Habs' dismal record in the first phase of last season put them in a hole from which they couldn't escape. Losses in October (or, in this case, January) count as much as losses in March or April. If you want to make an example of a team that's playing over its head take the Devils' 3-0 record. As for the Flyers' poor start, look at whom they're icing. Their off-season moves weren't great and their lineup is depleted by injuries. The Caps haven't adjusted to Oates' system and in addition they're truly weaker than they were last season. Holtby may be a flash in the pan or backtracking the way Price did in his poor season after a brilliant start.

I direct your attention to the way the Habs played in games 2 and 3 despite meager contributions from the Desharnais line (not to mention Subban's absence). While that doesn't qualify them as contenders it's at least suggestive that they're bolstered by adding Prust and Galchenyuk and an improved Diaz, not to mention Markov.

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