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Canadiens hoping future is brighter than present

For decades they were the class of the NHL. But as Damien Cox writes, the current Montreal Canadiens are trying to overcome a season marred by tradegy and tribulation.

Updated: March 22, 2007, 3:33 PM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Things are looking a little bleak for the NHL's Original Six these days.

Only the remarkably resilient Detroit Red Wings are assured a postseason berth, the result of some more clever personnel maneuvering by GM Ken Holland and his staff, plus the obvious benefits of playing in the improving but still mediocre Central Division.

The New York Rangers, meanwhile, would be in if the Stanley Cup playoffs began today, but they're hardly home and cooled out.

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