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Alex Galchenyuk celebrates a goal.
As far as the regular season goes, winning the Northeast and finishing second in the Eastern Conference was just about the best scenario Montreal fans could have hoped for last season.
But then the playoffs happened, and the worst-case scenario became a reality after just five games.
For 2013-14, the best-case scenario is obviously winning the Atlantic Division, finishing first in the Eastern Conference and making a deep playoff run.
Last year's squad proved that they can succeed. They'll aim to prove it was no fluke in 2013-14.
In a hockey-mad city like Montreal, the worst-case scenario is the same each and every year: not making the playoffs.
Montreal is a city that thrives in the spring while the Canadiens play postseason hockey. The entire city suffers from depression when they don't.
After last year's success, Montreal's sights have to be set on winning the conference. If they don't, however, winning a couple of playoff rounds will surely make up for it.