The Montreal Canadiens had a disastrous season in 2011-2012. They finished last in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs by 14 points while losing the division to the Boston Bruins by 24 points.
So that's the bad news.
The good news is that the Canadiens underachieved badly last season, and that abysmal showing earned them the right to draft Alex Galchenyuk. This team isn't nearly as weak as it appeared last season, and there is a good chance that teams in the Eastern Conference are going to sleep on them a bit.
That could be just enough to get the Canadiens into the playoffs.
Even if the postseason isn't in the cards for this squad, there is no way they perform as badly this year as they did last year. And no, that doesn't count as one of my five bold predictions.