Montreal Canadiens: 5 Ways the Habs Make the Playoffs in 2013

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Montreal Canadiens: 5 Ways the Habs Make the Playoffs in 2013
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The Montreal Canadiens will have their hands full trying to make the post-season in 2012-2013.

If hockey were a card game, the deck would be very much stacked against the Habs heading into the 2012-2013 season:

1. They have a rookie general manager, who at this stage of the game may or may not know what he’s doing.

2. They have a new head coach who failed in Montreal once before.

3. The only thing of which their highest-paid player has proven himself capable in the recent past is serving as cannon fodder for fans’ frustrations.

4. The team’s best defenseman remains in limbo, while the one who has traditionally been its anchor probably couldn’t so much as dance upright around a pole, let alone under one by bending his knees.

5. The face of the franchise wears a mask.

Of course that last bit may have all to do with the position Carey Price plays and not necessarily his unwillingness to be seen as a member of the team, however justified wearing a mask in public would be.

There is still hope, though. Sure, Montreal probably won’t make the playoffs this coming season, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are the top five ways the Habs do just that in 2013.

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