ESPN’s Scott Burnside sizes up the Northeast Division.
On the Canadiens:
Curious offseason for the Habs, who, after squeaking into the playoffs
on the final weekend of the regular season, surprised everyone by
knocking off Washington and Pittsburgh in seven-game sets before falling
to Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference finals last spring. Playoff
hero Jaroslav Halak was shipped off to St. Louis before he could go to arbitration, leaving up-and-down Carey Price to man the fort with only journeyman Alex Auld
as backup. Playoffs look to be a life-and-death experience, once again,
for the Canadiens and maybe more death than life with the at-times
immature Price at the helm and little in the way of a Plan B behind him.
Another key will be the ability of franchise defenseman Andrei Markov
to return from the knee surgery he underwent during the playoffs for a
torn ACL. His availability for the start of the season remains unknown.
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