One of, if not the most storied franchise in professional sports, the Montreal Canadiens have a long history of success other organizations can only dream of. The Canadiens dominated the National Hockey League dating back to the early 20th century when the organization claimed its first Stanley Cup during the 1915-16 season. By the 1950s, the Canadiens were a force to be reckoned with — winning five straight Stanley Cups from 1955 to 1960 with Maurice (Rocket) Richard and Jean Beliveau leading the way.
There was a bit of a downturn for the Habs after that as the team was ousted in the opening round of the playoffs the next four seasons. The team went on to win four Cups in five years in the late 60s. Scotty Bowman was named head coach of the Canadiens in 1971 and guided the team to a Stanley Cup in his second season behind the bench. Bowman led the Habs to four more titles from 1975 to 1979.
The last time the Canadiens won a Stanley Cup was 1993 when Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy backstopped the organization to its 24th championship. Max Pacioretty — the 26th captain in team history — is a three-time 30-goal scorer. Franchise goalie Carey Price missed the majority of the 2015-16 season with a knee injury after winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player the year before.
Montreal Canadiens Betting Lines Today
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Montreal Canadiens Scores & Schedule
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The Canadiens open the 2016-17 season with a pair of road games — Oct. 13 against Buffalo and Oct. 15 against Ottawa. Montreal’s home opener will come Oct. 18 against the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Montreal Canadiens Standings Right Now
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With Price in the net, the Canadiens will always be among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Expect the same during the 2016-17 season when a healthy Price returns.
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How To Win At Montreal Canadiens Betting
It was a disappointing season of sorts for the Canadiens after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in three years. Much of that was due in part to Price’s absence from the Canadiens’ crease.
The Hart Trophy recipient was forced to watch from the sidelines after injuring his knee just 12 games into the season. Despite glimpses of hope that Price would return, the Canadiens shut down the best goaltender in the world when their playoff hopes were all but over.
The Canadiens were the NHL’s hottest team during the first quarter of the 2015-16 season and sat in first in the Eastern Conference prior to the all-star break. But Price’s absence was felt soon after as the team finished with a record of 38-38-6. The Habs were a strong team at the Bell Centre, but their 16-22-3 record away from home ice played into why the team plummeted down the standings.
That should change with Price returning to the crease for the 2016-17 campaign. Once known for having one of the best power-play units in the NHL, the Habs fell in that department with a 16.2 percent conversion rate — which ranked 25th in the league. The Habs did rank ninth in the league in shots per game 30.5 and finished middle-of-the-pack in goals for with 221.
Both Bet365.com and Bovada have Montreal at +2000 to win the Stanley Cup in 2017 — an unlikely scenario, as the team still needs to address its lack of depth at the centre position in order to contend with the league’s top teams.
The Habs will be good enough to make the playoffs but are not quite ready to contend for a Stanley Cup.
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