An interesting piece in Canadiens.com with predictions for certain players and the team this year. They say Montreal will squeak into the playoffs just ahead of Toronto, Max and P.K. will have between 59-68 points, Gallagher and Galchenyuk between 50 and 55 points, and Price will record up to five shutouts.
I don’t know how they can predict such things but I’ll just carry on anyway.
Last year, in the 48-game schedule, Max had 39 points, P.K. 38, Gallagher 28, Galchenyuk 27, and Price had three shutouts.
I think that works out to about the same. With a slip in the standings.
Not that the writers might be wrong. They might be right. The Canadiens might only be good enough to squeak into the playoffs. I was hoping for better, that’s all. Imagine hearing all the experts predict that the Habs are too good. No one can touch them.
I’ve heard that in the past and I want to hear it again.
So with all the optimism I can muster, I’m going to say the Canadiens come in 2nd in the new Atlantic Division. Max scores 48 goals, P.K. once again becomes a Norris Trophy candidate, Price is unbelievable, Daniel Briere scores 35, Pleks gets 30, George Parros notches 12 and flattens 12 noses. Jarred Tinordi throws his weight around. Rene Bourque becomes an elite power forward.
They play great. We rarely get mad at them.
Only 33 days. Habs and Leafs.