The worst offensive edition of the Canadiens since 1998-99?

Published January 6, 2022 at 10:24 PM

Before the start of the season, many analysts described the Canadiens as a very well-balanced offensive squad, which, without being able to count on an offensive star, could potentially count on several 20, or even 30-goal scorers.

As you've probably noticed, it's not quite going as planned. The Tyler Toffoli, Brendan Gallagher and Mike Hoffman of this world have all produced below expectations so far, so the Canadiens could end up with no 20-goal scorer at the end of the season for the first time in over twenty years!

Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson are currently leading the team with seven goals apiece, while Jonathan Drouin follows closely with six goals. By maintaining their current pace, Suzuki and Anderson should finish the season with about 17 goals, demonstrating the team's offensive setbacks.

The last time the Habs had completed a season of 82 games without a 20-goal scorer was in the 1998-99 campaign. At the time, Martin Rucinsky finished on top of the scorers with only 17 goals, one more than Brian Savage.

Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty also led the Canadiens with 15 goals, but that was in the 2012-13 season, which was cut to 48 games due to a lock-out. Last year, Tyler Toffoli held the team's first place with a total of 28 goals, while the season was also limited to 56 games.

In short, all the statistics confirm it, the 2021-22 season of the Montreal Canadiens is turning more and more to disaster, not to mention all that surrounds the difficulties related to COVID-19...

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