BROSSARD, Quebec -- A big reason why the Montreal Canadiens were able to ride a strong start to the 2012-13 season into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Eastern Conference came down to the team's relative health.
The Canadiens did not have to deal with too many major injuries for most of last season. When they did come, though, they came in bunches.
It began with defenseman Alexei Emelin's knee injury April 6 and continued in the playoffs with forwards Lars Eller, Brian Gionta, Max Pacioretty, Brandon Prust and Ryan White all getting hurt during Montreal's five-game, first-round loss to the Ottawa Senators.
The Canadiens were unable to recover from the loss of those players, and a big reason was because they didn't learn how to deal with massive losses like that in the regular season.
That shouldn't be a problem this season.