Habs Are Back On Track

Updated: October 6, 2014

This week, the Montreal Canadiens will return from an off-season that was marked by tormented thoughts of what could have been.

The 2013-2014 season was a return to the form for the Habs and there’s no doubt that, had things turned out a little differently, the most successful team in the National Hockey League would have yet another Stanley Cup championship under its belt.

Instead, following a triumphant victory over the Boston Bruins in Round 2 of the playoffs, the Habs took a turn for the worse, lost to the Rangers in six games, and were ultimately denied the title of conference champions. The sudden downfall of the Habs last season was the product of several unexpected setbacks, namely star goaltender Carey Price’s knee injury at the hands of Rangers forward Chris Kreider, and the disappointing performance of Thomas Vanek in Montreal.

However, this is not to say that the 2013-2014 season was anything less than spectacular for the Habs. On the contrary, the Habs finished eighth in the NHL in goals, and achieved their first 100-point season since the 2007-2008 season. Furthermore, a combination of impressive defence and outstanding goaltending allowed the Habs to thrive last season, with P.K. Subban and Carey Price establishing themselves as the very heart and soul of the team.

Last season, the Stanley Cup seemed within reach of the celebrated Canadiens. But, following a series of unfortunate events, the Habs’ stellar season came to an anti-climactic and unsatisfactory close.

Nevertheless, this season, the Canadiens seem poised for excellence, if only they can learn from their mistakes and improve their offensive.

Also, following the loss of team captain Brian Gionta, endless speculations arose on who would wear the prestigious “C”. In the end, the Habs came to an unconventional decision; defensemen Subban and Andrei Markov and forwards Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec will serve as alternate captains for the upcoming season.

It’s time for the Habs to once again show the world why they’re the most successful team in the NHL! You can catch the Habs as they play their first regular-season game on Wednesday October 8th at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre! Don’t miss it!