Montreal Canadiens: Surprisingly, There Are Three Habs Who Deserve To Be At All-Star Weekend But Were Snubbed

Jan 27, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Montreal Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield
Jan 27, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The Montreal Canadiens have not had the best season of anyone in the National Hockey League.

They entered their All-Star break on Saturday night with yet another game that required extra time. They would lose that game as Marcus Pettersson fired a shot over the glove hand of Jake Allen and gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a much needed overtime victory.

The loss left the Canadiens with a record of 20-21-8 and 48 points in 49 games played. They are on pace to end the season with about 80 points or perhaps a touch less than that which is about all we could have expected at the beginning of the season. Adding in the fact they have lost Kirby Dach for the entire season and others like Alex Newhook have missed considerable time and the team has probably overachieved a little bit.

Still, they are looking like they will be sellers ahead of the trade deadline. There is suddenly a little bit of separation between the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference and the rest of the pack. The Canadiens are firmly in the second tier as they are nine points back of the Detroit Red Wings for the last wildcard spot.

Still, as we mentioned already, they are playing better than we thought they would when the season began. The reason for that is great performances from a handful of players in the first half of the season.

Nick Suzuki was recognized for his strong play so far in 2023-24 as he will be heading to the All-Star Game festivities this weekend in Toronto. He deserves it with 13 goals and 42 points in 49 games.

However, after looking at the All-Star rosters, a trio of other Canadiens stand out as players that should be involved in the activities this weekend as well.