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Has a Habs Playoff Berth Already Slipped Away?

Your Montreal Canadiens had the opportunity of eclipsing the .500 mark for the first time this season last week with a win over the visiting Arizona Coyotes. Although the lowly Coyotes boast a plethora of young talent like Clayton Keller, Max Domi, Christian Fischer, and Anthony Duclair, they had failed to acquire a single regulation win prior to their contest against the Habs last Thursday. Unfortunately, Montreal was incapable of taking advantage of the struggling Coyotes, an effort that was followed by a lopsided loss to the Leafs and suddenly a stab at .500 isn’t the only thing slipping away from the Canadiens.

So is a chance at making the playoffs.

Now the Habs find themselves 5 points out a wildcard spot. On the surface, that’s not so bad, but once you take a closer look things become a lot uglier.

For one, only Washington and Toronto (22 games) have played more than the Habs in the Eastern Conference, while nearly every other team currently “in the wildcard hunt” – save for the Rangers and Sabres – have played fewer games than the Habs at this point.

At 8-11-2 the Habs will have to go 39-22 (or some version of that that includes a few overtime losses) the rest of the way to hit the 95-point mark; the required number to make the playoffs last season. Sure, there’s plenty of hockey left to play, but is a .639 winning percentage from here on out at all realistic for a team that currently has the second-worst goal differential in the Eastern Conference at -23?

The numbers are not in our favour.

What do you think? Do you think the Habs will rebound from the loss, putting themselves in a good spot moving forward or do you think they’ll fall further down the standings?