2017–18 Montreal Canadiens season

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2017–18 Montreal Canadiens
Division 6th Atlantic
Conference 14th Eastern
2017–18 record 29–40–13
Home record 18–14–9
Road record 11–26–4
Goals for 209
Goals against 264
Team information
General Manager Marc Bergevin
Coach Claude Julien
Captain Max Pacioretty
Alternate captains Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Plekanec (Oct-Feb)
Shea Weber
Arena Bell Centre
Average attendance 21,302
Minor league affiliate(s) Laval Rocket (AHL)
Brampton Beast (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Brendan Gallagher (31)
Assists Jonathan Drouin (33)
Points Brendan Gallagher (54)
Penalties in minutes Nicolas Deslauriers (55)
Plus/minus Nicolas Deslauriers (+7)
Wins Carey Price (16)
Goals against average Antti Niemi (2.46)

The 2017–18 Montreal Canadiens season was the 109th season for the franchise that was founded on December 4, 1909, and their 101st in the National Hockey League.[1] For the second time in the past three seasons, the Canadiens failed to make the playoffs, dating back to 2015–16.

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 54 23 5 48 296 236 +60 113
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 50 20 12 47 270 214 +56 112
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 49 26 7 42 277 232 +45 105
4 Florida Panthers 82 44 30 8 41 248 246 +2 96
5 Detroit Red Wings 82 30 39 13 25 217 255 −38 73
6 Montreal Canadiens 82 29 40 13 27 209 264 −55 71
7 Ottawa Senators 82 28 43 11 26 221 291 −70 67
8 Buffalo Sabres 82 25 45 12 24 199 280 −81 62
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 49 26 7 46 259 239 +20 105
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 29 6 45 272 250 +22 100
3 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 26 14 40 251 243 +8 98
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 54 23 5 48 296 236 +60 113
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 50 20 12 47 270 214 +56 112
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 49 26 7 42 277 232 +45 105
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 45 30 7 39 242 230 +12 97
2 ME x – New Jersey Devils 82 44 29 9 39 248 244 +4 97
3 AT Florida Panthers 82 44 30 8 41 248 246 +2 96
4 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 35 11 33 228 256 −28 83
5 ME New York Islanders 82 35 37 10 32 264 296 −32 80
6 ME New York Rangers 82 34 39 9 31 231 268 −37 77
7 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 30 39 13 25 217 255 −38 73
8 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 29 40 13 27 209 264 −55 71
9 AT Ottawa Senators 82 28 43 11 26 221 291 −70 67
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 25 45 12 24 199 280 −81 62
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The preseason schedule was released on June 19, 2017.[2]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season schedule was published on June 22, 2017.[3]

2017–18 game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statistics[edit]

Final[4]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular season[4]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Price, CareyCarey Price 49 48 2,854:37 16 26 7 148 3.11 1487 .900 1 0 0 0
Niemi, AnttiAntti Niemi 19 17 1,026:16 7 5 4 42 2.46 592 .929 1 0 0 0
Lindgren, CharlieCharlie Lindgren 14 14 832:58 4 8 2 42 3.03 457 .908 2 0 0 2
Montoya, AlAl Montoya 4 3 222:31 2 1 0 14 3.77 102 .863 0 0 1 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Canadiens. Stats reflect time with Canadiens only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Canadiens only.

Awards and honours[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Awarded Ref
Price, CareyCarey Price NHL Second Star of the Week December 4, 2017 [5]
Carey Price NHL All-Star Game selection January 10, 2018 [6]

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached Ref
Victor Mete 1st career NHL game October 5, 2017 [7]
Karl Alzner 100th career NHL assist October 14, 2017 [8]
Victor Mete 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
October 17, 2017 [9]
Jonathan Drouin 100th career NHL point October 17, 2017 [9]
Brendan Gallagher 100th career NHL assist October 24, 2017 [10]
Karl Alzner 600th career NHL game October 24, 2017 [11]
Andrew Shaw 400th career NHL game October 26, 2017 [12]
Charles Hudon 1st career NHL goal October 30, 2017 [13]
Charlie Lindgren 1st career NHL shutout November 5, 2017 [14]
Paul Byron 300th career NHL game November 14, 2017 [15]
Jakub Jerabek 1st career NHL game November 22, 2017 [16]
Brendan Gallagher 200th career NHL point November 27, 2017 [17]
Paul Byron 1st career NHL hat-trick December 2, 2017 [18]
Brendan Gallagher 100th career NHL goal December 2, 2017 [18]
Shea Weber 500th career NHL point December 5, 2017 [19]
Max Pacioretty 600th career NHL game December 28, 2017 [20]
Jonathan Drouin 200th career NHL game January 4, 2018 [21]
Alex Galchenyuk 100th career NHL goal January 13, 2018 [22]
Artturi Lehkonen 100th career NHL game January 13, 2018 [22]
Jakub Jerabek 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
January 15, 2018 [23]
Jakub Jerabek 1st career NHL goal January 17, 2018 [24]
Tomas Plekanec 600th career NHL point February 4, 2018 [25]
Jeff Petry 500th career NHL game February 10, 2018 [26]
Joe Morrow 100th career NHL game February 17, 2018 [27]
Noah Juulsen 1st career NHL game February 22, 2018 [28]
Byron Froese 100th career NHL game February 28, 2018 [29]
Jacob de la Rose 100th career NHL game February 28, 2018 [29]
Noah Juulsen 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
March 2, 2018 [30]
Alex Galchenyuk 400th career NHL game March 2, 2018 [30]
Brendan Gallagher 400th career NHL game March 24, 2018 [31]
Noah Juulsen 1st career NHL assist March 26, 2018 [32]
Mike Reilly 100th career NHL game April 1, 2018 [33]

Transactions[edit]

The Canadiens have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season.