No way. Too small up front in top 9 and not enough depth at F and on D. it's entirely possible a very hot Carey Price carries the Habs through a round or two - but we wouldn't survive 7 versus the Bruins and certainly not against any one of SJ/Ana/Stl/Chi/LA
We're closer than our current losing streak would have us believe and further away than our November streak would have us believe. Top 4 team in the East but I doubt we make it too far. Could see us winning a round or two depending on how the chips fall.
They might have a winning record, but come the playoffs they're going to show their weakness. I bet some non-playoff teams would beat them in a playoff format.
Their past success (with Carbo and with Therrien last year) was due to their speed, their work ethic, the chemistry, and overperforming players. This year they have no control of the puck, speed means nothing if you can't hold onto the puck. And there aren't any overperforming players, if anything, almost all of the players (except maybe Eller and Galchenyuk) have regressed since last year.