MONTREAL – After the Canadiens’ impressive start to the 2008-09 campaign, the time has come to compare the current squad’s performance in October with some of the greatest Habs teams in franchise history.
1942 – The year the Canadiens first played a game in the month of October, a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. It also marked the first time Maurice Richard ever laced up the skates for the NHL’s oldest team.
66 – Goals scored by the Canadiens in October of 1976, setting a franchise record for the month.
37 – Goal differential enjoyed by the Canadiens in October 1981, as Bob Berry’s squad outscored their opponents by a 65-28 margin.
23 – Consecutive seasons - from 1957 to 1979 - that the dominant Canadiens finished the month of October with a winning record.
11 – Games in October 1972 in which the team went undefeated, posting a 7-0-4 record.
7 – Consecutive seasons, including the current campaign, in which the Canadiens finished the first month of the regular season above .500.
3 –Times throughout history that the team has started the season with nine wins in the month of October. The first year the feat was accomplished was 1976, when the Canadiens also finished the season with a record 132 points, followed by Pat Burn’s squads in 1989 and 1991.