The numbers don’t lie.
The Montreal Canadiens finished dead last in the NHL’s Eastern Conference this year, with a total of 78 points. That’s 31 wins, 35 losses and 16 overtime/shootout losses. They finished just one point behind the New York Islanders, who have been in the basement for years.
Now it’s Montreal’s turn to be the basement-dweller.
However, everything isn’t all bad. There were a few bright spots in the Habs’ season. Erik Cole scored 35 goals and Max Pacioretty netted 33. Pacioretty had a great bounce-back year after recovering from a neck/head injury he suffered after being hit by Boston Bruin defenseman Zdeno Chara last year. David Desharnais, the centreman between Cole and Pacioretty, has also been solid. He lead the Canadiens in assists with 44 and finished with 60 points in his first full NHL season. This top-line was great and is going to remain intact when next season rolls around.
The goaltending numbers are average. Carey Price was very good at points throughout the season, but he had no help in front of him. He finished with a goals-against average of 2.43 and a save percentage of .916. Price will be back next year and he is the key to their success in years to come. The Canadiens are also going to get the third overall pick in the NHL entry draft this June.
So not everything has been negative for the Montreal Canadiens.
But let’s face it. The Montreal Canadiens were terrible this year.
There are no excuses, there are just reasons. And here are eight of them: