Montreal Canadiens: 7 Reasons the Habs Could Be Playoff Bound in 2012-2013

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Montreal Canadiens: 7 Reasons the Habs Could Be Playoff Bound in 2012-2013
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Desharnais - Cole - Pacioretty , often called 'The Only Line' or the 'Two and a Half Men' Line

The city of Montreal feeds off the Canadiens. They're part of the culture of the city, not merely a hockey team. When the Habs make the playoffs, there's a whole new life to the city. When they aren't, you can't help but feel something in the air is missing.

The Canadiens are coming off perhaps their most embarrassing season in franchise history. Montreal finished with a disastrous season—they went 31-35-16, for 78 points. They finished 15th in the Eastern Conference. It was the first time they missed the playoffs since the 2006-2007 season and the first time they finished last since 1941-1942 when they finished sixth back in the Original Six days.

However, all hope is not lost for the future. This season may have been a blessing in disguise for the Canadiens as it exposed longtime weaknesses in the organization which have started to finally be addressed this offseason.

While the Habs are overall a team of gaping holes, it is not a team that is as bad as 15th in the East. This team can make it back to the dance next year. That's not to say they'll be a Cup contender but there are ways they can gain their respectability back.

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