2011-12 Montreal Canadiens Season Preview

Montreal Canadiens Season Preview

The Canadiens are coming off a 6th place finish in the East last season and a hard fought 7 game series loss to the Bruins in the opening round of the playoffs. Although, the Canadiens did suffer a plethora of injuries on the blueline last season which hampered their chances. However,  they did learn that Carey Price has what it takes to be a #1 goaltender in the NHL. Let’s take a look at the 2011-2012 Canadiens team.

Notables Joining the Canadiens:

F Eric Cole, G Peter Budaj, D Raphael Diaz, F Michael Blunden, D Jeff Woywitka, D Chris Campoli, D Alexei Yemelin (‘o4 Draft Pick from Russia)

Notables Leaving the Canadiens:

D James Wisniewski, D Brent Sopel, D Paul Mara, F Benoit Pouliot, D Alex Picard, D Roman Hamrlik, F Jeff Halpern, F Dustin Boyd

With Carey Price back in goal they should be solid on the defensive end once again. Although a healthy Markov on the blueline with Jorges and Subban would make a big difference. Right now it looks as though Markov will not be ready to go for opening night. Where the Habs struggle is putting the puck in the net. They will need a much better season from Gomez (he had just 38 points last season). If the end of the preseason means anything at all the Habs might put a few more pucks in the net this season.

Prediction:

The Canadiens finish 4th in the East for home ice in the first round and make a deep playoff run.

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