The Montreal Canadiens themselves have collectively been a pleasant surprise this season. It’s hard not to be when heading into the season most (including yours truly) expected them to just improve over a last-place finish last year, and let’s be honest: One’s not exactly going out on that much of a limb making that kind of prediction.
However, instead of simply improving, the Habs are currently holding down the first spot in the Eastern Conference. Needless to say, a playoff spot is well within reach.
In between lockouts, an average of 91 points were required to make the postseason in the East. Over a 48-game season, that equates to 53. As a result, the 14-5-4 Habs theoretically would require just 21 points over their remaining 25 games to make it and continue authoring what must be considered one of the most sensational single-season turnarounds in franchise history.
Here are the five other pleasant surprises that have helped them to make it this far: