Montreal Canadiens' Special Teams: What's to Love and Hate

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Montreal Canadiens' Special Teams: What's to Love and Hate
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The Canadiens celebrate a goal against the Bruins last season.

The Montreal Canadiens had an up-and-down season on special teams in 2013. 

Their power play was dominant. The Habs rode the brilliant play of defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban to the second-most power-play goals in the league. Their scoring rate of 20.7 percent ranked them fifth overall in the NHL

The Canadiens' play while shorthanded was a different story. The Habs struggled under the new system implemented by Michel Therrien and his staff. Their penalty-killers allowed 35 goals against while only killing off 79.8 percent of opponent's power plays, ranking them 23rd in the league. 

The 2013-14 Montreal Canadiens roster looks quite similar to that of last season, with Danny Briere being the only newcomer who is likely to impact special teams. The Habs will be looking to maintain their power-play excellence while making vast improvements to their penalty-killing.

Here is what to love and hate about the Montreal Canadiens' special teams as the 2013-14 NHL season approaches. 

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