Among the worst in history: eight inglorious records in sight for the Canadian

Twenty-six losses, barely 23 points in the standings. The Canadian has just had the worst first half of the season in its 123-year history. When you think that even by doubling his points harvest, he would not be in the portrait of the playoffs, it shows how hollow the Habs are.

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Halfway through the season, Dominique Ducharme’s troupe is languishing at 32e and last in the NHL. And not only in the general classification.

Jake Allen

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Jake Allen

This is also the case in the column for goals scored (2.17 per game) and goals against (3.76 per game). Montrealers are also near the bottom when it comes to massive attack (13.1%, 31e) and numerical inferiority (73.2%, 29e).

But there is worse (as if it were possible). If we transpose the results of the first half of the season to the second, the Canadian could register some unenviable team records.

Michael McNiven

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Michael McNiven

At least he’s already surpassed the Washington Capitals’ 21 points from 1974-75, the team’s worst-ever performance in a schedule of at least 70 games. He should also exceed the 31 points accumulated by the Nordiques in 1989-1990.

However, the Habs’ 46 points would be the worst since the Atlanta Thrashers’ 39 in 1999-2000 (in 2019-20, the Red Wings also amassed 39 points, but their season was interrupted after 71 games).

Samuel Montembeault

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Samuel Montembeault

The San Jose Sharks’ 71 regulation losses and the Ottawa Senators’ 70, both in 1992-93, will remain untouchable.

On the other hand, before the Colorado Avalanche, in 2016-2017, no team had suffered at least 52 losses (this is the current rate of the Canadian) since the Atlanta Thrashers (57) in 1999-2000.

Cayden Primeau

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Cayden Primeau

The good news in all of this is that Kent Hughes could be the first general manager of the Canadiens since Irving Grundman, in 1980, to be drafted first overall. Shane Wright, the most beautiful hope according to the central recruiting of the NHL, could therefore succeed Doug Wickenheiser.

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Losses by the ton

The Canadian has already suffered 26 losses in regulation time since the start of the season. Maintaining the same pace, he will close the campaign with 52 losses. It can be expected that the return of the injured and the end of the COVID outbreak can allow the team to slow the bleeding. Nevertheless, the team record of 40 losses is within reach. Three times in its history, the Habs have reached this unenviable mark: in 1983-1984, 2000-2001 and 2017-2018.

Thin harvest in the classification

The more the defeats follow one another, the less the points in the classification accumulate. The Montrealers are heading for a harvest of just 46 points. It would be the lowest total since the 43 points of 1994-1995, a season shortened to 48 games. In a schedule of at least 50 games, the Canadian has never done worse than 50 points (in 1942-1943). The sum is 65 points (1950-1951) for a schedule of at least 70 games and 70 for a campaign of 82 games (2000-2001).

An endless list

The entry of Michael McNiven, in the third period of the match against the Wild, brought to 38 the number of players who wore the uniform of the Canadian this season. With the addition of Paul Byron, Joel Edmundson and Carey Price, who should play at least one game before the end of the season, the Habs will come dangerously close to the mark of 46 players established in 2000-2001. We can also expect Kent Hughes to complete trades by March 21, which will add skaters to the calculation.

People between the posts

Speaking of numbers, Dominique Ducharme has already used four goalkeepers this season: Jake Allen, Samuel Montembeault, Cayden Primeau and Michael McNiven. If Carey Price ends up returning to the game, the Canadian will equal the mark he established in 1993-1994 and repeated on three occasions (1995-1996, 2000-2001 and 2015-2016).

A first since Claude Bourque

Leader among the Canadiens’ goaltenders with five wins, Jake Allen will be out until March 21. Facing barrages of throws game after game, Samuel Montembeault struggles to win games. The situation is not much better for Cayden Primeau, withdrawn from the game three times in six starts. As for Carey Price, we still do not know when he will be able to return to the game. In short, it is possible that no Habs goalkeeper will record at least 10 victories. It would be the first time since Claude Bourque’s nine in 1939-40.

Offensive Festivals

With a bunch of inexperienced players and several others of American League caliber, it’s no surprise that the Canadiens are the team that has suffered the most beatings in the circuit. Fifteen times already, the Habs have allowed at least five goals in a game (0-14-1). At this rate, we should not be surprised to see him approach the mark of 26 (0-24-2), recorded in 1983-1984, at a time when offensive festivals were legion. Closer to home, the Canadian also had 15 such games in 2018-2019, a year after the 22 of 2017-2018.

Away in pointers column

Despite not missing a game, Nick Suzuki (24 points) only holds a three-point lead over Tyler Toffoli at the top of the Canadiens’ scoring charts. If no Habs player picks up the pace, the team’s leading scorer will end a full season below 50 points for the first time since Saku Koivu and Oleg Petrov’s 47 in 2000-01. For a campaign of at least 60 games, Billy Reay holds the lowest harvest. In 1948-49, he had amassed 45 points.

No 20-goal scorer

Since the establishment of a schedule of 30 games, in 1924-1925, seven times the Canadian finished the season without any scorer of 20 goals. In the past 80 years, it’s only happened twice. In 1998-1999, Martin Rucinsky won the Canadiens goalscoring championship with 17 goals. So far, Josh Anderson and Nick Suzuki have moved the ropes on eight occasions. Their 16 goals would be the lowest tally for the Canadiens point guard since Mark Recchi’s 14 goals in the shortened 48-game schedule in 1994-95.

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