Montreal Canadiens 2024 Stanley Cup Odds
Since their upstart appearance in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, the Montreal Canadiens have gone through a massive rebuild. Last year the Habs improved with nine more wins than in 2021-22. More improvement is expected for the 2022-23 season. Montreal is stockpiling some of the best young talent in the NHL. Head coach Martin St. Louis is proving to be an astute hire. St. Louis is getting a full buy-in and commands the respect of his young charges.
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The 2022-23 Montreal Canadiens were 31-45-6 straight up and 38-38 over/under the total. Also, Montreal was 8th in the Atlantic Division playoff standings. Montreal was 67 points behind the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division race. Montreal had NHL rankings of 26th for goals scored and 29th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Canadiens had NHL rankings of 29th for goals against and 29th for penalty killing.
First among Montreal scorers was Nick Suzuki with 26 goals, 40 assists, 66 points, and a -13. Goaltender Sam Montembeault had a .901 save percentage and 3.42 goals against average. His record was 16-19-3 with 0 shutouts.
Head coach Martin St. Louis is just getting started. He is growing into an NHL coach right alongside the evolving Canadiens. Ideally, St. Louis will hit his stride further in the coming season -- his second full campaign behind Montreal's bench -- and continue shepherding his young core toward its expectedly bright future. St. Louis has been the type of coach his players can relate to -- and he to them -- so continuing to foster those relationships and maximize the talent available will be a critical part of his job.
Montreal hasn't done a ton at the NHL level. The Canadiens traded for Alex Newhook and signed him to a four-year, $11.6 million deal. Otherwise, the roster stands the same as before the NHL draft, during which Montreal chose to pass on a potentially major talent in Matvei Michkov for defenseman David Reinbacher. It'll be years before we know the ramifications of that decision (and surely the Canadiens had their reasons for not going with Michkov).
Essentially, the Canadiens have stuck to their guns when it comes to a slow-and-steady rebuild. We will continue to judge that over the next season (and beyond).
David Reinbacher will be an excellent NHL defender, but passing on Matvei Michkov will always be a debated selection.
Jacob Fowler is a strong goaltending prospect, but beyond the top two picks, this is a group of quantity over quality where there are few surefire NHLers outside Reinbacher. Sam Harris is an intriguing pick in Round 5 who is putting up excellent numbers in the USHL.
This is not a draft year to be excited about for Montreal when it could have been the opposite.
Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)
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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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