At least, the best team in the East (I know the Habs finished first) will advance to the Finals.
I think, all things being equal (and considering Ottawa's collapse), Pittsburgh and NYR are the two teams in the East that are currently better than Montreal in terms of overall depth. However, I think that Montreal and Pittsburgh are still on their way up whereas NYR, sadly, can stay the same or decline (unless they buy another set of superstars). So I'm excited to see whether Montreal will develop at a faster rate than Pittsburgh or not next year.
That said, the fact that you're always so down on the Habs and their players as well as team Canada kind of pisses me off a little.