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Montreal Canadiens

Venue: Bell Centre | Coach: Michel Therrien
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The Habs improved their defense by adding Jeff Petry and didn't overspend to make it happen. Marc Bergevin has proven to be a pretty savvy GM. The bottom of the lineup was also addressed by adding Torrey Mitchell to the mix.
Now the top team in the East, in terms of record, the Canadiens continue to defy the odds as a poor possession team with a very good goaltender. They just seem to keep finding a way.
With seven wins in their past 10 games, the Habs have moved all the way up to second in the NHL with 78 points. Cary Price appears to be the Hart Trophy front-runner now.
The Habs have been incredible since Dec. 9 with a 16-5-1 mark. They've also won seven of their last nine. They might be overachieving a bit, but it's still pretty remarkable.
Montreal is another of the six-team 32-win club. The Habs and Red Wings are still chasing the Lightning, but are getting ever closer. Carey Price is the difference, as he's putting together a season worthy of MVP consideration.
Hopefully P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty enjoyed the extra rest during the break because they'll be leaned on heavily, though perhaps not quite as much as All-Star goalie Carey Price.
Getting Carey Price healthy and keeping him that way is the single most important thing the Habs can do going forward. He's having such a strong season that when Montreal needs him to, Price can put them on his back.
Nine wins in their last 13 games showed the value of Cary Price to this team as the club allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of those games. The Habs have some big tests coming up throughout January, though.
Perhaps the Habs are a tad too reliant on Carey Price, who has been sensational this year. But there aren't a lot of goaltenders out there that could carry a team quite like Price. He's the difference for them.
The Habs have won three straight and 6 of 10. They're not scoring at the same rate some top-of-the-standings peers, but they've been a tough team to close out.
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The Habs have shown some serious resiliency through four games. The combo of Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec looks like it can be awfully productive.
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