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Are the Habs Ready?

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With the playoffs coming our way in a few weeks, it’s time to evaluate if the Habs stand a good chance of repeating last year’s route to success, even more with GM Bergevin’s recent additions. Okay, they are not officially in the playoffs… but only a few wins from making it…well, four to be more precise.

Concerns are ones like forward Devante Smith-Pelly, known to be a playoff-made kind of player, all grit, physical, and somewhat in-the-crease-goalie-disturbing. We haven’t seen that yet since his arrival in Montreal. He’s got to adjust to the new system and get in better shape, the playoffs are rough and tough, and require long-lasting dedication and high level of energy game in game out. Will he deliver?

Jeff Petry is playing really good hockey, he’s reliable and has proven that he can be the #3 defenseman the Habs were looking for. No points so far, but with a little patience and hard work, they will come. Greg Pateryn has also been rock solid in the lineup. Not sure if having 9 healthy defensemen is a good thing, especially for the team spirit.

We haven’t seen much of former Sabres’ forwards Brian Flynn and Torey Mitchell, they are both injured. Honestly, Bournival and Thomas were doing good, not seeing much of a difference there with these new additions from Buffalo. Depth is good, adding depth is key, says Habs management. Right! If injuries come at playoff time, no worries we’ll have what we need at our fingertips.

If it wasn’t for the great-near-perfect performance season of Carey Price, would the Habs still be in a comfortable position far from the battling teams like the Senators and the Panthers. We cannot say, but all we can say is this: we will need more input from the offensive forwards to go more than 1 playoff round. Parenteau and Galchenyuk will absolutely have to raise their game.

Also, they will need to improve on the powerplay facet, as often few goals are scored in the playoffs. These powerplay goals can make a difference in the outcome of a game or even in a best of seven series.

Let’s hope the Habs will face the Red Wings, Caps or the Bruins in the first round as we were successful this year against those teams, which is not the case against Tampa Bay or Ottawa.

As the experts say, the after season is a new season; we erase what happened during regular season and start fresh, start new.

Playoff puck drop is in less than a month.

Are the Habs ready?