5 Likeliest First-Round Playoff Matchups for the Montreal Canadiens in 2014

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5 Likeliest First-Round Playoff Matchups for the Montreal Canadiens in 2014
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The Montreal Canadiens celebrate a victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

The Montreal Canadiens are currently third in the Atlantic Division ahead of the 2014 playoffs. With the Habs owning a 38-26-7 record and 11 games remaining in their regular season, a lot can still happen.

The Habs are 18 points behind the Boston Bruins for first place overall, so “anything” happening is pretty much out the window. However, they are two points behind the second-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning, three points up on the Toronto Maple Leafs, who currently hold the top wild-card spot, and six points up on the ninth-place Detroit Red Wings, who have two games in hand.

Put simply, nothing is guaranteed, including a playoff spot. Here are the Canadiens’ five likeliest first-round 2014 playoff scenarios:

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