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The Montreal Canadians are one of the NHL’s most storied franchises. They have won more Stanley Cups then any other team in the league. They have won 24, which puts them in second place behind the New York Yankees in most championships among the four Major sports of North America. Their fans, like the Yankees fans, always have the mindset of championship or bust. They haven’t won the cup since the 1992-1993 season, which is a long drought for such a storied franchise. The moves that they have made in the past few years have put them back in that title combination.
In recent years, the Canadiens have set up their team revolving around the goaltender, Carey Price. Price is a really good goalie, who puts his team in contention on any night. Price boasts a 2.55 goals per game average and has a winning percentage of 55%, which is good but not great. Price has also played with not a great Habs team over the past few years.
P.K. Subban was a huge energy builder for the team in the last two seasons. Subban had 38 points in a shortened season last year. He adds a huge offensive skill along with his great defense. Subban is also a huge fan favorite, which was proven when he finished near the top in the NHL 14 cover vote. He has so many energy plays like this one below:
Subban is one of the most dynamic players on the team.
Over this offseason, the Habs added Daniel Briere from the Flyers. Briere signed a small 2 year 8 million dollar deal with the Habs, so he can pursue another cup. Briere signed a long deal with the flyers in 2007 for 52 million dollars, so the money didn’t effect his decision. When you add Briere to a squad already filled with good players like Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty you get a team that can support its goalie with enough goals to win a ton of games.
The Habs finished red hot entering the playoffs finishing as the number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference before surprisingly falling to Ottawa in the first round. They have enough pieces to crack that championship code.
I predict that the Habs will get 115 total points by the end of the year and will once again be the 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Habs can once again “Lever Le Flambeau