October 01, 2014

MONTREAL CANADIENS

LAST SEASON: 50-22-10, 110 points. Won Atlantic Division. Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in Eastern Conference semifinals.

COACH: Michel Therrien, 11th NHL season,

ADDED: D Mark Barberio, RW Zack Kassian, RW Alex Semin.

LOST: D Sergei Gonchar, C Manny Malhotra, RW P.A. Parenteau, LW Brandon Prust, D Mike Weaver.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Semin. Despite finishing a mere three points behind the New York Rangers for the Presidents' Trophy, Montreal was not an offensive powerhouse in 2014-15. The Canadiens finished last season having scored 214 goals, an average of 2.61 per game, and their power play ranked 23rd in the NHL. Semin, signed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract will be asked to do more in Montreal after scoring just six goals in 57 games last season with Carolina.

OUTLOOK: Montreal and its deep roster with standout goaltender Carey Price should make another run in the playoffs - maybe even a deep run. All Price accomplished in 2014-15 was to lead the NHL in save percentage (.933), goals-against average (1.96) and wins (44), earning the Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina Trophy and Jennings Trophy in the process.

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