THN predicts Habs will finish in 13th place

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The Hockey News’s annual Yearbook is on newstands now and the magazine is predicting that the Canadiens will finish in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and miss the playoffs again.

THN predicts that Pittsburgh will finish first in the Eastern Conference, followed by Boston, Washington, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Buffalo and Ottawa as the eight playoff teams.

In the Western Conference it’s St. Louis, followed by Vancouver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minnesota, San Jose, Detroit and Nashville.

In the Stanley Cup final, THN predicts Vancouver will beat Pittsburgh

THN also has its annual list of the Top 50 Players in the NHL in its Yearbook, and Max Pacioretty was the only Canadien to make it, coming in at No. 44.

Pacioretty is coming off a season in which he led the Canadiens in scoring with 33-32-65 totals and won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

“He responded to a devastating injury by being more robust and scoring 33 goals,” THN writes.

Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was No. 1 on the THN list. Others making the top 10, in order, were: Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, Los Angeles’s Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty, Minnesota’s Zach Parise, L.A.’s Anze Kopitar, Boston’s Zdeno Chara and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist.

506 Comments

  1. alexander54 says:

    Yeah and the maplebuds are going to win the cup. The habs will make the playoffs with out a doubt. THN has some idiots on their staff.

  2. Les Canayens says:

    testing 123

  3. trainerguy says:

    Demon mentioned it below…every year THN, TSN, etc.. pick the habs to finish out of the playoffs and I agree doing so in part to sell magazines and get viewers as we have as many fans who cheer against us as for us. The reality is they are paid to offer an opinion and more often than not they are 60% accurate if that, an average any of us could sustain year in year out. How many of the “experts” picked LA to with the cup this year? The NHL, like all professional sports have teams that exceed expectations, teams that track as planned and some that fall below expectations and if it was easy to predict they would have made their millions by now and not spending their days writing for THN.

    Mark


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