Chris Peters is currently ESPN’s NHL draft and prospects analyst. The Chicago native previously insured the NHL to get CBSSports.com and based the popular independent site UnitedStatesofHockey.com where he also covered the match at all levels since 2010.
As each NHL team is eliminated from playoff contention — either mathematically or by losing in the postseason — we’ll take a look at why its pursuit for the Stanley Cup dropped short in 2018 19, combined with three secrets to its off season, impact prospects for 2019 20 and also a way-too-early prediction for what next season will hold.
The Montreal Canadiens ran out of runway, also couldn’t quite close the deal.
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But just what a season! Their first projection for standings points was 80.5, per the Westgate vegas SuperBook. They blew past that by March 12. They were middle of this bunch on crime (15 th ) and defense (13th), but were consistently competitive — see their seven come back wins when entering the third period at a deficit, tied for third-most from the league season.
It had been a season of continued growth for Brendan Gallagher, who’d an NHL-best 4.09 goals scored per 60 minutes in 5-on-5, also 33 on this season.
From rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi to Selke Trophy contender Phillip Danault to come back to create from goaltender Carey Price, it had been a season preceding expectations to the Canadiens, but one which simply fell a little short.