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Daniel Briere could start the season on Montreal's top unit.
Predicted line: Max Pacioretty—David Desharnais—Daniel Briere
If these three do end up getting to play together, scoring goals will be their strength.
Pacioretty has led the Canadiens in scoring each of the past two seasons, and should do so again in 2013-14. Desharnais will be looking to rebound from a poor showing last season, while Briere wants to quiet his critics who say he has nothing left in the tank.
The trio played together in Montreal's second preseason game, with Pacioretty scoring the game's prettiest goal, at least according to Pat Hickey of The Montreal Gazette.
Montreal will be counting on heavy offensive production from these three this season.
Chemistry is often something that takes time to develop amongst linemates. A couple of preseason games playing against half of an NHL roster just isn't enough time for a new line to gel.
Coach Therrien said as much after the preseason tilt against the Bruins on September 16 (via All Habs):
They will need some time. That’s why we are playing those guys together. They scored a nice goal. But before I make a real judgement about that combination, they need time. We’re going to give them time.
Look for the new trio to have their ups and downs in October before rounding into shape after a few games together.