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Canadiens 2023-2024 season |  Numbers and… numbers!

Canadiens 2023-2024 season | Numbers and… numbers!

The curtain has fallen on the second full season for the Gorton-Hughes-St-Louis trio at the helm of the Canadiens. What should we remember? Here are some numbers that illustrate this.

365 minutes and 44 seconds

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The Canadian had less of a thaw in 2023-24 than the previous season.

Much has been said about defeats by one goal. On the contrary, the Canadian ate fewer air balls than last season. According to our calculations, the team spent 365 minutes and 44 seconds with a deficit of three or more goals, which is a clear improvement compared to 625 minutes and 59 seconds in the 2022-2023 season. That's four full games less!


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David Savard (center) and his teammates greet fans at the Bell Center after the Canadiens' final game of the season.

The Habs team will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season, without being able again to maintain the “thrill” for a long period after the holiday period.


Photo by Josie Desmarais, Press Archive

Besides Kirby Dutch (80 games), the Canadian players have been relatively injury-free.

After “leading” the NHL in games missed due to injuries over the past two seasons, the Canadian ceded that unenviable title to the Vegas Golden Knights this season. Montreal remains in third place on the circuit. But besides Kirby Dutch (80 games), influential players were relatively spared. Five players played in all 82 games, with goalkeepers Samuel Montembault and Kayden Primeau not missing a game due to injury.


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Cole Caufield converted just 8.9% of his shots on goal.

Cole Caufield has always, year after year, converted 15% of his shots on target, regardless of level. Even this season. At 8.9%, his average is even lower than the Bears' team average, in part because he hits a lot of shots from the rim. He owes his 28 goals to a large number of shots. With 314 shots, Caufield is one of nine players to surpass the 300 mark this season. But of this select group, he is the only one to have scored fewer than 30 goals. Brady Tkachuk (37 goals) is the only other under 40.


Photo by Dominique Gravelle, Press Archive

Samuel Montembault had an efficiency rating above .900 in 70% of his 41 starts.

Who is the most consistent goaltender in the NHL this season? Criteria vary, but Samuel Montembault has the arguments to make his case. In fact, Quebec has put up an efficiency rating greater than .900 in 70% of his starts. That's good for first place on the gridiron this season (minimum 20 games), ahead of Joey Daccord, Anthony Stolarz and Semyon Varlamov (66.7% each). Is this a symptom of a defense that allowed shots in terms of quantity and not quality?


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Alex Newhook has improved a lot this season in the faceoff circle.

Alex Newhook's ability to play as a midfielder is one of the notes of the final third of the season. His improvement in confrontations is one of the factors for success. His performance was similar to his previous seasons at 38.7% before his injury. And not enough. Since his return to the game, he has been in the par zone at 49.1%.

“It's great to lead the league.”

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Jake Evans led the league in penalties.

No forward in the NHL has played more penalty kills than Jake Evans this season. He actually spent an average of 3 minutes, 11 seconds per game on the ice in this situation, which is significantly more than his closest pursuer, Jordan Greenway (2 minutes, 54 seconds). Christian Dvorak's injury and team's lack of discipline helped him win the award. “I imagine that means we're taking a lot of punishments!” Evans said jokingly, in a report Wednesday. Players who are there to score big goals and others have to play at a disadvantage. I love this role. It's great to lead the league in this category. »

21,099 spectators

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Spectators were there again this year to cheer on the Canadian at the Bell Centre.

However, the team's failings were not felt at the ticket offices, where the crowd averaged 21,099, out of a capacity of 21,105. An average of 20,105 spectators out of 21,273 spectators.

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