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Attention! The dice are not yet cast! A participation in the playoffs is far from assured for the Montreal canadiens.
Despite this fact, it is interesting to identify the clubs which, mathematically, are the most likely to be measured by the Habs in the first round
#1 – Toronto Maple Leafs
With the recent injury to David Pastrnak, with Boston Bruins, it seems likely to see the Maple Leafs and the Canadian conclude the season in second and third place in the Atlantic chapter, in order or in disorder. Imagine a series between Toronto and Montreal. What to feed a beautiful rivalry!
#2 – New York Islanders
Pointing to the top of the Metropolitan section, the Islanders could well be facing the canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. Few people would have bet on the possibility of seeing such a confrontation before the start of this season. After having lost the services of John Tavares, the training in new york offers a performance of surprising. The young Mathew Barzal is the best pointer to the club, while goalies Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss are effective in front of the net.
#3 – Tampa Bay Lightning
If the Canadian wins the second place among the teams rescued in the Association, the montreal club will have logically a heavy challenge in the first round: beat the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mission impossible? It must be that the club is scared with Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos, but also Victor Hedman and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.
#4 – Washington Capitals
Defending Champions of the Stanley Cup, the Capitals will they be as hungry this year? To cope with the Canadian entry, the club of Washington must inevitably overtake the Islanders atop the Metropolitan section. In the context of this battle, a match between the two teams is scheduled on the 1st of march, in Uniondale. The Capitals and the Islanders must also compete in their last game of the season, April 6, in Washington, dc.
#5 – Boston Bruins
Continuing to accumulate points in the standings during the absence of Pastrnak (and in the event of a end of difficult season for the Toronto Maple Leafs), the Bruins could find the Canadian in the first round of the series. This scenario remains probable. We are talking here about another fantastic rivalry! Head coach Claude Julien would face his former training and several players that he has directed, including Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara.