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The Montreal Canadiens finished last year as a No. 6 seed in the playoffs. Say what you will, but the Canadiens have always been (and probably always will be) a playoff contender. The Canadiens got a 2-0 series lead against the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.
To Montreal fans, they blew it. Let's be honest. They did.
The Canadiens are usually always a good team, even if they aren't the top seed. Even when they're a seventh or eighth seed they make a deep run. I see Montreal finishing third because of their lack on defense. Besides Hal Gill they really don't have any true old-school, stay-at-home defenseman.
That hurts them in my case. Montreal has a pretty solid offense with Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta. That has usually never been a problem since the legendary "Rocket" has been on the team—one of my favorite forwards of all time.
The Canadiens will definitely make the playoffs next year like they usually do. I don't expect them to go far, but I'm not putting it past them. I've seen them do some damage in the past.
I have no prediction on where they will finish in the playoffs because they are such an unpredictable team. Expect them to either lose in the first round or win the Stanley Cup.