Last season the Montreal Canadiens finished in 15th place in the Eastern Conference, 3rd worst in all of the NHL, including the honour of being the poorest performing team on home ice. But that was last year. This season, the tide has turned as the Habs have embraced a new wave of change from top to bottom. Beginning with new owner, Geoffrey Molson, new GM, Marc Bergevin and an entirely new coaching staff led by Michel Therrien, the Canadiens have quickly erased the memories of last year’s train-wreck. Off to an 11-4-1 start, Montreal currently sits on top of the Eastern Conference, 3rd overall in the NHL and, after posting the fewest wins on home ice last year, currently boast the most wins on home ice in this shortened season. Needless to say, additions up top have changed the mentality of the Montreal Canadiens while the exodus of Scott Gomez and the emergence of Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher have allowed the Habs to pull a complete 180. While there is plenty of hockey left to be played, one thing is very apparent, and that is the Montreal Canadiens are a shadow of the former selves; a good thing if you’re a fan, not so much if you’re an opponent.