In their 98-years of being renowned as the best franchise in NHL history-and won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1970’s-the Montreal Canadiens have found themselves posting their best start in franchise history.
The first nine games for the Canadiens have resulted in nine consecutive wins. As the Canadiens go on to face the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, they have a chance to tie the Buffalo Sabres(2006-2007) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (1993-1994) for a 10-0 start to the season- the best in NHL history.
Montreal’s nine victories came without giving up any points to an opposing team with all wins coming in regulation. Four players’ on the Canadiens’ roster-Max Pacioretty, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, and P.K. Subban-have already reached the threshold of ten or more points. Last season’s Vezina and Hart winner, Carey Price, has already begun on his campaign to being the league’s best goaltender in the league for two consecutive seasons, which would ascend him to the recent history tier of Dominik Hasek and Martin Brodeur. Price has already recorded two shutouts, a GAA of 1.29, and a save percentage of .961 in just seven starts.
Price’s numbers and performance over the past several seasons has given the Canadiens’ the catalyst they need to advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now with a team in front of him that is comfortable offensively and defensively with him mending the pipes, this team could contend for the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1993.