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by The Upper Canadien on 01/25/15 at 08:59 PM ET
Travel has gotten in the way of writing the past two weeks, but the Canadiens are looking good. If things hold, they've got a shot at the conference title, and given that Carey Price is the key cog in the wheel, that may actually come to pass. Price has been lights out, playing some of the best hockey of his life. He singlehandedly kept the Canadiens in their game against the Predators last week, and has come through on many occasions, keeping the Habs in many games they had no business being in.
His most impressive displays have most often come early in games, as the Habs battle a starting issue. Time after time, the Canadiens give up the first goal, despite different strategies employed to get ready for games. Michel Therrien has commented that it is an issue they are dealing with, but one can't help but wonder why the team can't get a handle on it. Would more veterans in the dressing room help conquer the issue?
PK Subban and Andrei Markov are having great years on the backend, and Max Pacioretty has been a force up front. Alex Galchenyuk is coming into his own, Brendan Gallagher is turning into an irreplaceable sparkplug, and Tomas Plekanec is having his best season since he played with Alex Kovalev. The Habs could still use a top-six forward to fill out the right wing, and another solid number two/three defenceman would help solidify the defence. That said, the Canadiens roster is more rounded out than it has been in a decade, and the Habs look like a solid team heading into the home stretch.
Which begs the question, who might Marc Bergevin look to add before the trade deadline? Two names I would focus on: 1) Ryan O'Reilly - a talented, two-way centre to complete the top six, and 2) Cody Franson - a defenceman the Habs targeted in the off-season and who may once again be available. Add either of them, or a player like them, and it would go a long way towards making the Canadiens a serious contender heading into the spring.
We shall see if Bergevin acts, or if he sticks with his roster, but the last 30+ games should be very engaging for Habs fans. It will be a fight to the finish, and happily, Montreal is in it.
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