Tomorrow is opening night for the Habs, and, as always, I'm excited. Carey Price has made the team and will be pushing Huet for the #1 spot. Chris Higgins and Tomas Plekanec are ready to step up in a big way--I'm looking for 30 goals out of Higgins and another 20+ from Pleks. If he can play on a regular basis the way he did against Boston here a couple weeks ago, that should be no problem.
There are concerns about the team, of course. The moves they made in the off-season to replace departed players resulted only in cosmetic upgrades. For a team that missed the playoffs last year, that's not enough on its own merit. Remember, though, this team was challenging Buffalo for first in the East when everybody got sick around Christmas time, and they never recovered from it. Combine that with some bad luck in the nets, and it's a recipe for disaster. This year should be different. I'm predicting 6th in the East.