Montreal and Carey Price's quest for the Stanley Cup

Montreal's epic journey to The Stanley Cup.

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It has begun............"The 2017 Quest For Lord Stanley"

Conf. Seed WESTERN CONFERENCE ------ EASTERN CONFERENCE Conf. Seed
Round 1 Round 2 Conf. Final Final Conf. Final Round 2 Round 1
Central Div. Metro. Div.
Chicago (1) Washington (1)
Preds win 4-0 Caps win 4-2
Nashville (8) Nashville Washington Toronto (8)
------ Preds win 4-2 Pens win 4-3 ------
Minnesota (2) St. Louis Nashville Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh (2)
Blues win 4-1 Pens win 4-1
St. Louis (6) Nashville Columbus (3)
Pacific Div. Preds win 4-2 Pens win 4-2 Pens win 4-3 Atlantic Div.
Anaheim (3) Pittsburgh Montreal (4)
Ducks win 4-0 Rangers win 4-2
Calgary (7) Anaheim Anaheim Ottawa New York New York (5)
------ Ducks win 4-3 Sens win 4-2 ------
Edmonton (4) Edmonton Ottawa Ottawa (6)
Oilers win 4-2 Sens win 4-2
San Jose (5) Boston (7)

Montreal 2016/17 2016/17 2015/16 2015/16 2014/15 2014/15
Stats Comparison Ranking Ranking Ranking
Record 47-26-9 7th 38-38-6 22nd 50-22-10 2nd
Average points per game 1.26 7th 1.00 22nd 1.3415 2nd
Powerplay (percentage) 19.6 % 13th 16.2 % 25th 16.0 % 25th
Penalty kill (percentage) 81.1 % 14th 81.9 % 12th 83.7 % 9th
Goal differential per game + 0.31 8th -0.207 20th +.37 6th
Goals for per game 2.72 15th 2.63 17th 2.61 20th
Goals against per game 2.41 4th 2.84 21st 2.24 1st

Tuesday February 14, 2017 - Are we feeling the LOVE! Therrein is replaced for the second time as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens by Claude Julien. Therrein was no longer a motivating factor, nor did he have the confidence of the dressing room.

Friday January 27, 2017 - Montreal made it to the All Star break and are now 50 games into the season. See the matrix below to see where the habs rate in the league.

The current injury list includes; Galchenyuk, Desharnais, and Gallagher up front; with Markov and Pateryn on the defensive side.

Montreal 2016/17 50 games in 2015/16 2015/16 2014/15 2014/15
Stats Comparison Ranking Ranking Ranking
Record 29-14-7 5th 38-38-6 22nd 50-22-10 2nd
Average points per game 1.30 5th 1.00 22nd 1.3415 2nd
Powerplay (percentage) 23.5% 2nd 16.2 % 25th 16.0 % 25th
Penalty kill (percentage) 79.7 % 23rd 81.9 % 12th 83.7 % 9th
Goal differential per game +.500 6th -0.207 20th +.37 6th
Goals for per game 2.98 7th 2.63 17th 2.61 20th
Goals against per game 2.48 6th 2.84 21st 2.24 1st

Dec.01, 2016 - The stats below tell the tale of the season thus far.

Improvements in goals for and goals against have led to the improving numbers from last year. The return of a healthy Carey Price doesn't hurt either.

Areas that still need improvement are consistency on the offensive side and the ability to roll the lines with offensive output from all lines.

Montreal 2016/17 23 games in 2015/16 2015/16 2014/15 2014/15
Stats Comparison Ranking Ranking Ranking
Record 16-5-2 1st 38-38-6 22nd 50-22-10 2nd
Average points per game 1.4783 1st 1.00 22nd 1.3415 2nd
Powerplay (percentage) 21.4% 8th 16.2 % 25th 16.0 % 25th
Penalty kill (percentage) 82.8 13th 81.9 % 12th 83.7 % 9th
Goal differential per game +.826 3rd -0.207 20th +.37 6th
Goals for per game 2.957 5th 2.63 17th 2.61 20th
Goals against per game 2.13 4th 2.84 21st 2.24 1st

and so it begins............"The 2017 Quest For Lord Stanley"

Montreal spent basically to the cap, so the team they will start the season with is in place.

GM Bergevin made some important decisions in the off season. He hired Assistant coach Kirk Muller. Great move and a little insurance should Therrein not have full support of the dressing room. Montreal said good bye to Lars Eller and Tom Gilbert. Eller was given a chance over the past 4 years and never played to his potential. Tom Gilbert coming off an injury filled season where he was one of Montreal's better defensemen was not signed based on cap space and his age.

Bergevin also signed Andrew Shaw to a 6 year deal. Some say he paid too much for Shaw but with Shaw you get a physical player that can also contribute offensively. Others say that Radulov was too costly. Montreal can afford the 5.75 million for one year for Radulov so there is minimal risk. This will be a huge year for Radulov as he is looking for a huge pay day over multiple years next off season. Radulov on a line with Galchenyuk could be the offensive thrust my beloved Habs need to put them over the top. Did Montreal spend too much for Radulov? HELL NO!