The Montreal Canadiens are officially heading to the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs. They didn't exactly clinch in style, having lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 2, but losses by both Washington and New Jersey on the same day assured Montreal of a postseason birth.
The Habs return to the playoffs for the second straight season. Last year's postseason was a bit of a disaster, as the Canadiens got outplayed in every facet of the game en route to a 4-1 series loss to the Ottawa Senators.
Montreal will look for a much different result this time around, likely against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two teams are probable to meet in the first round, and they will spend the rest of the regular season jockeying for home-ice advantage.
The NHL calendar ends on April 13. The Canadiens still have seven games remaining on their schedule, but you can bet the topic of conversation in Montreal will be related to the playoffs for the next couple of weeks.
Here are some emerging storylines for the Montreal Canadiens' 2014 postseason.