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Only 6 teams have lost more than the Canadiens since 1998

Since the Montreal Canadiens won their last Stanley Cup in 1993, many Quebecers who lived through the club’s golden years lament that the team has lost much of what once made it special and legendary. It’s hard to deny this, given that the team has reached the Final Four three times in the last 25 years.

The main argument? The club’s cumulative record since the mid-90s. And let’s just say that with the current rebuild, the statistics don’t change in the CH’s favor.

Following a pitiful 2022-2023 season in the win column, the Habs rank 7th in the NHL for losses conceded since the 1998-1999 season, with 771.

Over this period, Montreal has a record of 879-771-55-192, good (not so good) for a points collection percentage of 52.8%.

That said, if we calculate the winning percentage, it’s far less impressive. The Tricolore has won just 40.6% (879) of its 1,897 games since then.

In other words, over the last 24 years, only 6 teams have lost more games than the Montreal Canadiens.


However, it’s curious to note that in the top-11 of this ranking, three clubs (Chicago, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles) have combined for half the Stanley Cups won (7/14) since 2010. Understandably, this statistic doesn’t tell the whole story.

However, it’s only slightly better if we look at the statistics for the same period of time, but in the playoffs. With 66 wins and 77 losses, the Habs rank about mid-peloton, and are being chased by the Golden Knights, who already have 54 playoff wins in six seasons.

Of course, the goal of the current rebuild is to build something that will be sustainable for many years to come (much like the Bruins), but fans are understandably impatient.

In Burst

– Martin Biron on the goaltending situation in Montreal :

– It’s far, but not that far.

– Messi captain.

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