The Montreal Canadiens have not had the type of season they were expecting. After pushing the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins to seven games in the first round of the playoffs last year, things were looking up in Montreal. Players and fans alike thought that great things were ahead for the team. Things have not turned out that way.
The 2011-12 season started off terribly, as they only won one game in the first eight games of the season. Despite being only a few points out of the playoffs, their head coach, Jacques Martin, was fired in the middle of December. Randy Cunneyworth, Martin's replacement, has been met with scorn from Montreal fans and media who want a coach who can speak the French language
The Habs are currently seven points out of a playoff spot. If they can play like they have in the past few seasons, it is still possible for them to make the playoffs. It will be a hard climb, but it could happen.
Although, if it is to happen, the Canadiens need to avoid the pitfalls that have hampered them in the first half and in past seasons.
Here are a few that that they have to watch out for.