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Here we go

It's about time, isn't it? The Habs are set to open the season in Montreal tomorrow night against the Maple Leafs. A few quick Habs-related predictions on the eve of a promising 2013-14 campaign:

  • Final points prediction: 99
  • Final place in standings: 2nd in Atlantic
  • PK Subban hits the 70 point mark for the first time
  • Lars Eller finishes the season with >55 points
  • 8 Canadiens top 20 goals
  • Carey Price will be a Vezina trophy finalist

Another prediction that I'll detail: Jarred Tinordi steals Doug Murray's job. How is that possible to predict leading into day one of the season? Hear me out. Doug Murray was brought in to sub for Alex Emelin as he recovers from knee surgery. Murray is not injured and out for 6-8 weeks. 

Tinordi is a physical beast and a very promising NHLer. I suspect, after his audition during last year's playoffs, that Tinordi will slide right into an NHL role, to the point that when Murray is healthy, he'll simply be a depth player.

Come December/January, Murray could be the #8 once Alex Emelin is healthy again. Wouldn't that be nice depth to have heading into the stretch? After last season, it's an issue Michel Therrien would very much like to have to deal with.

We'll see how these ideas stand up come April. Until then, let's sit back and enjoy the next 7 months. Lots to look forward to. And let's be honest: can you really go wrong starting the season against Toronto, in Montreal? As a hockey fan, the answer is a definite no. I hope you enjoy it as much as I know I will.

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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