5 Reasons Montreal Canadiens Will Get Home Ice for 1st Round of 2014 Playoffs

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5 Reasons Montreal Canadiens Will Get Home Ice for 1st Round of 2014 Playoffs
STEVE NESIUS
Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.

It becomes more and more clear with each passing day that the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning will face each other in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, but the team that will end up with home ice is still very much up in the air.

Currently, the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins are 15 points up on the second-place Habs. Meanwhile, the Detroit Red Wings, the the team with the best chance at catching third-place Tampa, are missing Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. They’re also nine points back—with one fewer game to go.

So, no, not much standings-wise can really change for the two teams, except for which squad will finish second in the division. Here are the five biggest reasons it will be the Habs.

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