5 Reasons the Montreal Canadiens Can Reach the Eastern Conference Final

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5 Reasons the Montreal Canadiens Can Reach the Eastern Conference Final
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Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty celebrates following his series-winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

While there may be such a thing as too much rest during the NHL playoffs, the first-to-move-on Montreal Canadiens are still well-primed to advance past the second round and reach the Eastern Conference Final.

The Habs of course made the shortest possible work of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1, sweeping their opponents after starting the series on the first day of the postseason. As a result, they’re poised to get upward of 10 days off—ample time for rust to set in—between their series-clinching win last Tuesday and the start of their Eastern Conference Semifinal.

While at this point it appears that the Boston Bruins are a lock as their next opponents—seeing as they lead the Detroit Red Wings three games to one—nothing is guaranteed. That’s especially true of a second straight relatively easy series for Montreal. Nevertheless, there is still a good chance that Montreal advances to the third round for the first time since 2010.

Here are the top five reasons why the Montreal Canadiens can realistically reach the Eastern Conference Final:

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