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Chicago Blackhawks Eye On The Enemy: A Winning Habit (Montreal)

By Colin Likas
Nov 8, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre (31) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre (31) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks will host one of the league’s top teams — thus far — in a weekend evening contest

We’re rolling into the weekend, which means it’s time for a closer look at a team the Chicago Blackhawks will take on in the very near future.

This week’s Eye on the Enemy is leaving the country and talking with A Winning Habit’s Kenric Mannette, representing his favorite team, the Montreal Canadiens, for FanSided.

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The Habs were in rough shape last year, with star goaltender Carey Price missing a large portion of the season. They made some offseason moves, most notably pushing out young, promising defenseman P.K. Subban for older, still-good defenseman Shea Weber. They also brought back the mercurial Alexander Radulov.

I honestly wasn’t sure why so many people saw Montreal as a team to beat this preseason. Lo and behold, however, the Habs are off to an extremely hot start. It took until Game 11 for them to lose in regulation (which they did in magnificent fashion, blowing up in a 10-0 loss to Columbus).

So what’s going on in Montreal this year? And what are they keys for the Habs to take a game at the United Center? Let’s turn it over to Kenric.

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