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Max Pacioretty and his linemates are off to a slow start this season.
Max Pacioretty has led the Montreal Canadiens in scoring each of the last two seasons, as he has developed into the Habs' top option up front.
A gambler with little other knowledge of the Canadiens might think that 10:1 odds are a pretty good bet for the team's leading scorer to be named their MVP.
Yet there are two roadblocks standing in the way of Pacioretty becoming the Habs' most valuable player. First, he doesn't play defense, and secondly, there's a guy named P.K. Subban on defense.
If Pacioretty wants to be named team MVP without playing well inside of his own blue line, he'll need to score a lot more than he has to this point. Putting up Sidney Crosby- or Alex Ovechkin-type numbers makes coaches forget about defensive ineptitude. The 65-70 point range does not.
And when your team has last year's Norris Trophy winner playing 25 tough minutes a night on defense, 65-70 points certainly isn't going to do the trick.
Pacioretty will need to elevate his game to another level in 2013-14 if he hopes to eclipse Subban as team MVP.