Montreal Canadiens: 5 Reasons the Habs Are a Playoff Team

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Montreal Canadiens: 5 Reasons the Habs Are a Playoff Team
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The Montreal Canadiens lost 6-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

For the record, the Montreal Canadiens did not look like a playoff team when they gave up a three-goal lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Last week, it was more of the same, when they lost to the Boston Bruins after giving up a one-goal third-period lead. They certainly didn’t look like one when they gave up a two-goal third-period lead against the Buffalo Sabres, either, including the game-tying goal with less than two seconds left.

And anyone who was watching the lamb-to-the-wolf slaughter on Saturday night won't need any convincing that they didn’t look like one against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Although they did lose 6-0, look at the bright side: They didn’t give up a lead at all.

Looking at additional silver linings, there is still hope. It’s still early in this season and Montreal has a decent record. It’s far from time to push the panic button. Although, the sheer confirmation that one exists certainly wouldn’t hurt at this point in time, you know, just in case.

One must nonetheless admit that every team, even the best ones out there, suffer their fair share of regular-season slumps. Here are five reasons the Habs can still theoretically make the playoffs:

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