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Twenty games down…

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Canadiens have played 20 games so far during the 2015-16 campaign. Sixty-two remain. And, they’ve gotten off to a tremendous start during the first quarter of the year. The proof is most certainly in the numbers.

The last time the CH claimed the Stanley Cup in 1992-93, they amassed exactly 30 points through 20 games. Since then, they’ve been able to accomplish that feat only once, in 2015-16. At the rate things are going right now, the Canadiens could finish the year with 123 points, which would be a first since the likes of Lafleur, Cournoyer, Shutt & Co. were lighting it up in the mid-1970s.

Back then, the Canadiens managed to collect a few impressive point-hauls, amassing 129 points in 1977-78, 132 points in 1976-77, and 127 points in 1975-76. It’s worth noting that during those three seasons, the Canadiens got off to a better start than they did this year, collecting 31 points in 20 games in 1976-77. During the two other seasons mentioned, the CH amassed 29 points through 20 contests.

The success of the Canadiens these days is due in large part to getting contributions on offense from players up and down the lineup. Only Greg Pateryn has failed to register his name on the scoresheet as of yet, but he’s only suited up for three games. In the NHL, regardless of the number of games played, an average of 3.67 players on every team have been held without a point. Not only does that number reflect a measure of stability the Canadiens are enjoying right now, but also a healthy roster and the ability to put up points at a rate worthy of the second-best offense in the NHL today.

Three of the Canadiens’ forwards currently rank in the Top 10 in the Eastern Conference in points, including Max Pacioretty (19 points), Tomas Plekanec (18 points) and Brendan Gallagher. Meanwhile, the duo of P.K. Subban (17 points) and Andrei Markov (16 points) sit third and fourth, respectively, in the league in points among defensemen.

When it comes to goaltending, Carey Price and Mike Condon have both been outstanding between the pipes. Both were named an NHL Star of the Week during the first seven weeks of the 2015-16 campaign. Price boasts a 7-2-0 record, while Condon is 7-2-2 through 11 games.

Not a bad start to the season. Now, on to the next 20 games of the year!

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Matt Cudzinowski.

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