Canadiens on Pace For Most Points Since 1989

A solid record is not to excuse issues within the lineup or staff, but the Montreal Canadiens are on a promising pace. With 35-15-4 record for 74 points by February 13th, 2015, the 2014-15 Canadiens are on pace to finish the regular season with the most points the fans have witnessed at least a decade. For only the second time in the last ten seasons, the Habs have surpassed 70 points by this date (2013-14: 70 Points & 2014-15: 74 Points). This point total is enough to place the Habs on top of the Eastern Conference, sharing the position with the Tampa Bay Lightning, whom have played three more games.

Below is a chart of the Montreal Canadiens’ seasons in the past decade. Records, points and standings are the teams position as of February 13th every season listed.

Of course with the exception of 2012-13 (lockout) and 2011-12 seasons, the Habs have shown a fairly consistent record by this point in the year. Since the 2005-06 season, the most successful season in terms of points was the 2007-08 season where Montreal recorded 104 points. Twice in the same time span, the team won their division (2007-08 & 2012-13) but have failed to finish first place in the conference since the 1992-93 Wales.

The Canadiens are currently on pace to surpass their high in the last decade this season. Should the team continue their pace, they will end up in the range of 112 points. This would be their highest since posting 115 points in the 1988-89 season, most remembered for falling to the Calgary Flames in the Stanley Cup Finals.

What could this successful season mean for their playoff run? Depending on the ongoing health of Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, among others, Habs fans can hope to watch hockey long into the spring. After falling to the New York Rangers in the conference finals last season, this team has grown through experience.

A great regular season record is not to suggest that said team is guaranteed a deep Stanley Cup run. But having said that, it is a good start. Getting to the playoffs is a start, and the Canadiens are making the hockey world aware that Marc Bergevin and his staff are piecing together a team starving for success in a city hungry for Stanley Cups.

Photo: NHL.com

Photo: NHL.com

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