Advantages the Montreal Canadiens Have over Top East Contenders

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Advantages the Montreal Canadiens Have over Top East Contenders
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Montreal Canadien Brendan Gallagher looking to beat Pittsburgh Penguin Tomas Vokoun.

The Montreal Canadiens are currently in a three-way race for first place in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference. Yes, it looks just as odd in writing as it sounds when one says it aloud these days.

There’s just no getting around the fact that the Habs have been good this year. The mere fact that one can make that simple statement past the halfway mark of the season points to an overwhelmingly successful one, regardless of how the final 19 games of the year go.

The court of public opinion might say something different should the Habs lose each and every one of those and then miss the playoffs by the skin of their collective teeth, but happy thoughts, people. Happy thoughts, like: What if Montreal was to actually win the conference this year?

For you skeptics out there, here are the advantages Montreal has over each top contender that could theoretically make it happen:

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