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02-25-2013, 03:41 PM
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What makes this playoff question so interesting is that we have absolutely no idea how this team will do. The Habs of 2013 are like a brand new present we've just opened -- it's exactly what we wanted (thanks Uncle Geoff!) but filled with parts we haven't figured out how to use yet. Who the hell knows how a team with Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Prust, Cole, Emelin, Diaz, Pacioretty and Bourque will do in the playoffs, since we've never seen any of them play a playoff game for us!

We're clearly not the same team we were last year. So who are we? We look better than the Habs of 2011, with a healthy Markov, Pacioretty and Gorges, plus some real offensive depth on all four lines. Are we the clutch Habs of 2010? Maybe, if our forwards keep producing. Bottom line is we don't have a clue what this team's real character is.

Weaknesses? As stated earlier, we could use some added size, especially on D. We also have to hope we don't lose a key player or two to long-term injury. And since we're a strong systems team, a lot depends on Therrien's ability to sell his message, especially through adversity.

Whatever happens, I'm just enjoying the ride, wherever it leads...

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