Top 5 Ways the Montreal Canadiens Can Get Back on Track Before 2014 Playoffs

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Top 5 Ways the Montreal Canadiens Can Get Back on Track Before 2014 Playoffs
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Boston Bruins forwards Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron celebrate a goal against the Montreal Canadiens.

Three straight losses have dropped the Montreal Canadiens down to a wild-card spot as they prep for the 2014 playoffs. While the modest skid is pretty bad on its own, it has incomprehensibly coincided with Thomas Vanek’s insertion into the lineup. It’s enough to send most Habs fans spiralling into existential crises.

After all, this is player that was supposed to make the Habs better, but how can an 0-3 stretch possibly be interpreted as better than the 6-1-1 record the team had posted in its previous eight games?

Is “down” now “up”? How is Devan Dubnyk all of a sudden a goalie worth acquiring? And how has he been able to impersonate Peter Budaj for the past week and a half without anyone realizing? Just what is the reason for the platypus? Same question, but replace platypus with Rene Bourque. Why does all this matter? Where am I???

Facing a very real risk of losing all sense of self and reality, fans must come to grips with the fact these three games do not necessarily mean the end of the world (or the Habs’ season). Not by a long shot.

Here are the top five ways the Canadiens can get back on track before the playoffs:

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