With their dominating performance over the Minnesota Wild this past Sunday, the Montreal Canadiens have all but assured themselves a birth in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. With a comfortable 11 point cushion over the 9th place Buffalo Sabres, the team can start looking ahead to the second season and begin working on following up last year's thrilling run to the conference finals.
Although an improvement over last year will be difficult, it isn't out of the question. The Habs have shown, time and time again, that they are capable of skating with the best in the league. In order for them to take the next step however, the Bleu Blanc Rouge will need a number of pieces to fall into place.
The following will outline the eight things the Habs will need in order to take a sip from hockey's Holy Grail.