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Canadiens usually scored first, often

Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

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Advantage Margin +32


The Canadiens had a middle-of-the-pack 184 power-play chances at home, but led the NHL with 190 chances on the road -- and converted 45 of them; no other team had more than 39.

Even-Strength Goals Margin +4

Of Montreal's top five scorers, just one (Tomas Plekanec) had more points at even strength than on special teams. The Canadiens were also one of only two teams to score a 3-on-3 goal.
    
Special Teams Goal Margin +35

The great Montreal teams of the 1950s would have been proud of this group's power play, which led the NHL with 90 goals (45 each at home and on the road), power-play percentage (overall, road and home) and allowed just three shorthanded goals, tied with Florida for the fewest in the League.

Goals by defensemen 44

The Canadiens figure to miss Marc Streit, who took his 13 goals (seven on the power play) to Long Island. But they still have Andrei Markov, who was among the League leaders among defensemen with 16.

MONTREAL CANADIENS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 104
(1st east/3rd NHL)
Change from 2006-07 +14
Home Points 50
(5th eAst/11th NHL)
Away Points 54
(1ST East/2ND NHL)
Overtime Record             Total: 10-4-6 | OT: 5-4 | SO: 5-6

The Canadiens scored just four times while losing five of seven shootouts at home. On the road, they scored five times while going 3-1. Overall, they were 7-3-1 on the road in games that were decided after 60 minutes.
    
Times Scored First 49 | Record 38-5-6

Only San Jose (51) and Detroit (50) were more proficient than the Canadiens at scoring first, and only the Red Wings were better at turning those early leads into points.         

Best 07-08 Number 37

Increase in points from 2006-07 by Alex Kovalev, who went from 47 to a team-high 84. Kovalev was one of seven Canadiens to put up 50 or more points, the first time they've had that many 50-point scorers since 1988-89.

Worst 07-08 Number 48

Times the Canadiens were outshot. Overall, the Canadiens allowed 206 more shots than they took, putting pressure on their goaltenders.

Scheduling

The Canadiens open with three in a row on the road, then play five straight games at home before going back on the road for four games. They have 10 of their last 11 games before Christmas at home, but have a five-game trip in January and a six-gamer in February.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose



Quote of the Day

It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness