At 12-9-2, the Montreal Canadiens find themselves in playoff position just past the quarter mark of the 2013-14 season, which speaks to a successful start in a lot of ways.
For instance, with 102 man games lost through November 21 (fourth in the NHL), the Habs have been able to tread water despite key injuries to players like Max Pacioretty, Daniel Briere and Alexei Emelin.
In that respect, Habs fans should be grateful. Even if that playoff spot is currently eighth in the East, just four points up on the ninth-place New York Rangers.
However, delving a bit deeper, the Habs have much more to worry about than falling out of contention due to a Rangers team that has come on in recent games.
Namely, they have to worry about keeping in contention in spite of themselves.
The Habs obviously get a passing grade to this point, but they nonetheless have a few things they need to work on to ensure they reach the postseason. Here are the team’s marks for its coaching, offense, defense and goaltending so far this season.