27
Jul
11

Habs Scoring Drought Continues

During the past NHL season for the storied Montreal Canadiens (18 years since their last Stanley Cup Championship) scoring seemed hard to come ny as they produced only 3 players on the team who scored 20 or more goals with absolutely no 30 goal scorers (or higher) and only 1 player to score for more than 50 points. With Carey Price’s solid goaltending in the regular season and the playoffs, some extra goal scoring could have helped them go alot farther in the regular season as well as playoffs. Let’s look at the past 3 championships won by the Montreal Canadiens and compare.

In 1993 when the Canadiens last won the Stanley Cup, they had six players with more than 50 points in the regular season of which 4 had 80 or more points that season, 5 players to score 20 goals of which 3 of them had 30 goals or more as well as a 40 goal scorer. In 1986, the second previous season that the Habs won the Stanley Cup, they had five players with more than 50 points in the regular season of which 3 had 80 or more points that season (including 1 with 100+ points), 5 players to score 20 goals of which 3 of them had 30 goals or more as well as a 40 goal scorer.

At the end of the late 1970’s dynasty for the Canadiens where they captured their previous Stanley Cup (in 17979), they had nine players with more than 50 points in the regular season of which 3 had 70 or more points that season (including Guy Lafleur scoring for 129 points), 7 players to score 20 goals of which 4 of them had 30 goals or more as well as a 52 goal scorer. With lack of offensive threats for the upcoming 2011-2012 season, the lack of winning results seemed to be destined. With their forwards getting smaller, less skilled and older this season, it seems the Habs need to revert to their older winning ways by picking more offensively skilled players who can find the back of the net. Until they do so, Habs fans alike can just reminisce about the past.

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