There is an interesting trend that is developing in the NHL‘s Eastern Conference. The Montreal Canadiens are presently in first place, but there are also three other Canadian teams that are in playoff contention. There is a decent possibility that the first round of the playoffs could turn into four match-ups between American and Canadian teams.
That said, Montreal is the leader of the pack in leading Canada as a country back towards a Stanley Cup winner.
The Canadiens are 18-5-4 going into this weekend’s play behind an offense that is in the top-five in the league, while the team is in the top 10 overall for allowing goals. There are many players that can be pointed at during this Montreal run.
It begins with Max Pacioretty, who has 22 points to lead the team so far this season. Pacioretty is only 24-years old and while his scoring hasn’t been there over the last five games, the Canadiens have won four straight games.
The other major player is goalie Carey Price. Price is 14-4-3 with a 2.39 GAA this year, and while he has been giving up more goals lately, the team is still winning. I think Price will even get better as this season moves deeper into the second half.
Montreal is leading a surge that could bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada for the first time in 20 years since the Canadiens won in 1993. This season could bring a lot of pride back to Canada if any of their teams win, but especially if the Canadiens bring home the title.