Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Conference Preview: A Look at the Montreal Canadiens

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Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Conference Preview Montreal Canadiens PK Subban

May 6, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) reacts after getting first star of the game award in game three of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Sizing Up the 2014-15 Eastern Conference’s Potential

Toronto Maple Leafs fans, eat your hearts out.

Last season, the Leafs’ arch-rival went on an unexpected, rousing, and deep playoff run. Though Le Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge bowed to the Rangers in six games, the Canadiens gave their fans hope for the future.

As a division rival, Toronto Maple Leafs fans must feel a twinge of envy.

Star power on D? P.K. Subban has the Habs covered. Twice.

Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Conference Preview Montreal Canadiens Carey Price

Feb 23, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Canada goalie Carey Price (31) celebrates with defenseman Dan Hamhuis (5) and forward Jonathan Toews (16) after defeating Sweden in the men’s ice hockey gold medal game during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Strength in net? Well, just think back to the Canadian Men’s Olympic hockey team. Carey Price is one of the best in the game. Don’t believe me? Just ask Sidney Crosby.

Offense? Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec, Alex Galchenyuk, and P.A. Parenteau form one of the most balanced offensive units in the league.

Michel Therrien has proved to be a strong-minded coach and Marc Bergevin has established himself as a young executive on the rise.

Yep, eat your hearts out, Toronto Maple Leafs fans.

To keep the 2014-2015 Canadiens preview organized, let’s start with the positives for the Canadiens next season.

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