Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Betting

Once upon a time, the Montreal Canadiens were the greatest franchise in major league sports. Greater than the New York Yankees and everyone else in the conversation. From 1956 through 1979, Les Glorieux won 15 Stanley Cup championships. Including runs of five in a row from 1956 through 1960 and four in a row from 1976 through 1979. However, the advantages that Montreal had back then have long since passed. The Canadiens can’t hoard all of the top French-Canadian talent as they did in the Original Six Days. The common draft, salary cap, and international stars have changed the game forever. Montreal has missed the playoffs in three of the past five years. Now they are beginning a massive rebuild.

Montreal Canadiens at a Glance

2022-2023 Stanley Cup Odds: +20000 (Aug, 2022)

Eastern Conference Odds: +10000 (Aug, 2022)

Last year the Montreal Canadiens had a record of 22-49-11 and finished last in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens ranked 27th for goal scoring, 31st for power play efficiency, 32nd for goals allowed, and 27th for penalty killing.

Following an 8-30-7 start, Montreal fired head coach Dominique Ducharme and replaced him with former NHL All-Star Martin St. Louis. St. Louis arrived after coaching little league hockey. Yet he was able to coax a much better effort out of the Habs. Montreal went 14-19-4 under St. Louis. That was good enough to earn a full time position and contract. But after the glow of being named “permanent” head coach, St. Louis now confronts the reality of a gutted roster, massive rebuild, and longshot expectations.

General manager Kent Hughes was hired on January 18, 2022. He is a former player agent that has been an NHL executive for the past few years. Hughes is tasked with rebuilding the Habs into a championship contender.

It was a tale of two seasons for Cole Caufield in 2021-22. Caufield was the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft out of the University of Wisconsin. Caufield was a 2-time Big Ten Conference scoring champion. Under Dominic Ducharme, Caufield’s talents were going to waste, and he feared he might lose his career. But under St. Louis, Caufield came to life and ended up with 23 goals and 20 assists in 67 games. His success story is a great example of why St. Louis was hired.

Former superstar goalie Carey Price played in only games last year. But he is expected to return as the #1 goalie for 2022-23. Price is a 7-time NHL All-Star but has tailed off in recent years. There is the possibility that Price could eventually be traded to a contender later in the season.

Montreal Canadiens Seasons

2021-22 22-49-11 Did Not Qualify
2020-21 24-21-11 Lost Final
2019-20 31-31-9 Lost First Round
2018-19 36-32-14 Did Not Qualify
2017-18 44-30-8 Did Not Qualify
2016-17 35-36-11 Lost First Round
2015-16 47-26-9 Did Not Qualify
2014-15 38-29-15 Lost Second Round
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Montreal Canadiens History

The Canadiens are the most distinguished, storied, and successful franchise in National Hockey League history. Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge has an NHL record 24 Stanley Cup championships. However, the Habs have won only two Cups since 1979 (1986 and 1993) as the expansion era made for greater league parity. The Hockey Hall of Fame boasts 65 inductees in the players' category that played for Les Glorieux. Numerous others were named to the Hall of Fame’s Builders category. Five of the Canadiens broadcasters were awarded the Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.

Les Glorieux has retired 15 numbers for 18 players. They are goaltender Jacques Plante #1, defenseman Doug Harvey #2, defenseman Emile Bouchard #3, center Jean Beliveau #4, right wing Bernie Geoffrion and defenseman Guy Lapointe #5, center Howie Morenz #7, right wing Maurice Richard #9, right wing Guy Lafleur #10, left wing Dickie Moore and right wing Yvan Cournoyer #12, centers Henri Richard and Elmer Lach #16, defenseman Serge Savard #18, defenseman Larry Robinson #19, left wing Bob Gainey #23, goaltender Ken Dryden #29, and goaltender Patrick Roy #33.

Additionally, the Canadiens have a host of Hockey Hall of Famers. The late great head coach Toe Blake is often referred to as the Vince Lombardi of hockey. At the same time, former head coach Scotty Bowman is in the conversation as the GOAT of that position.

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Eastern Conference - Atlantic

Eastern Conference - Metropolitan

Western Conference - Central

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