Hockey Inside/Out posed this question: “After their slow start, do you think the Canadiens can still make the playoffs this season?”
I voted yes and the last time I looked, 53%, or 1255 of 2363 people voting, also said yes. We think the Habs will sooner or later get it together and make the playoffs.
I think they’ll make the playoffs, just because. Because I want them to, and I think that’s an excellent reason. I still think, at least on paper, that they’re a fine team, and it would be nice to see everyone at the top of their game at the same time for a change. This rarely seems to get coordinated properly. If two guys are going, two aren’t. Three on, three off.
I believe the Canadiens, if the stars and planets are aligned in a nice way and Carey Price doesn’t wear his pink pads, can do it.
And how many times have we seen serious slumps and eventually the boys come around, play fantastic, win a ton of games, and we forget completely about the previous slump?
I actually hate saying “make the playoffs.” It’s almost like the bar has been set too low. So it’s good to be one of eight to make the playoffs? It’s about winning the Stanley Cup, not just making the playoffs. Of course all that extra ticket and concession revenue is the icing on the cake.
(Question: Do owners hope their team goes a long way because they love them so much, or because it’s extra money coming in. And if the team wins it all but the owner loses money, are the owners still happy)?
Of course, once someone does make the playoffs, then who knows what could happen. Lucky bounces, some key overtime wins, the other teams get injuries. It’s possible to go all the way for any of the eight teams.
So, when I add up all the positives, I think, yes, this is our year!