2014–15 Montreal Canadiens season

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2014–15 Montreal Canadiens
Atlantic Division Champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 2nd Eastern
2014–15 record 50–22–10
Home record 26–9–6
Road record 24–13–3
Goals for 221
Goals against 189
Team information
General Manager Marc Bergevin
Coach Michel Therrien
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Andrei Markov
Max Pacioretty
Tomas Plekanec
P. K. Subban
Arena Bell Centre
Average attendance 21,286[1]
(37 games)
Team leaders
Goals Max Pacioretty (37)
Assists P. K. Subban (45)
Points Max Pacioretty (67)
Penalties in minutes Brandon Prust (130)
Plus/minus (+): Max Pacioretty (38)
(−): Manny Malhotra (-6 −6)
Wins Carey Price (44)
Goals against average Carey Price (1.96)
<2013–14

The 2014–15 Montreal Canadiens season is the 106th season of play for the franchise that was founded on December 4, 1909, and is their 98th season in the National Hockey League.[2]

Off-season[edit]

Defenceman Douglas Murray, forward George Parros and forward Thomas Vanek became free agents.[3] On July 1, 2014, captain Brian Gionta signed with the Buffalo Sabres, being joined by defenseman Josh Gorges, who was traded to the team the same day.[4] Notable free agent signing included defenseman Tom Gilbert, centre Manny Malhotra and prospect Jiri Sekac, formally of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[5] On August 2, 2014, after months of ongoing negotiations, defenceman P. K. Subban signed an eight-year contract extension worth $72 million, avoiding salary arbitration. Subban becomes the highest paid defenseman through the 2014–15 season.[6]

Hockey operations changes included Daniel Lacroix and Rob Ramage being appointed assistant coach and player development coach, respectively. Ramage had previously played for the Canadiens and was part of the 1993 Stanley Cup Championship team, while Lacroix worked as assistant coach with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens’ main affiliate team in the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2009–10 season.[7][8] The Canadiens also announced a reorganization within the hockey department. Rick Dudley was named senior vice president, hockey operations. Scott Mellanby was promoted to assistant general manager, to work along with Larry Carriere. Trevor Timmins was appointed vice president of player personnel, as well as retaining his responsibilities as the club’s director of amateur scouting.[8]

On June 18, 2014, it was announced that hall of famer Guy Lapointe would be honored by having his number 5 jersey retired during the 2014–15 season. Lapointe will become the 18th player to be honoured by the organization with jersey retirement and the second with the number 5, joining the late Bernie Geoffrion.[9]

For only the second time in franchise history, the Canadiens did not name a captain, instead opting for four alternate captains for the season. On September 15, team management named Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and P. K. Subban alternative captains.[10]

The 2014–15 season also marked changes to television broadcast rights to the Canadiens; Réseau des sports renewed its French-language television rights to the team, agreeing to a 12-year extension. Due to Quebecor Media's exclusive national French-language broadcast rights to the NHL, RDS will now only be able to broadcast games in the team's blackout region of Quebec and eastern Canada.[11] Regional television rights in English were acquired by Sportsnet East in a three-year deal announced by Rogers on September 2, 2014. Three regional games will also be broadcast by City Montreal.[12]

Playoffs[edit]

The Montreal Canadiens entered the playoffs as the Atlantic Division regular season champions. They will face the Ottawa Senators in the first round.

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 82 50 22 10 43 221 189 +32 110
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 50 24 8 47 262 211 +51 108
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 43 25 14 39 235 221 +14 100
4 x – Ottawa Senators 82 43 26 13 37 238 215 +23 99
5 Boston Bruins 82 41 27 14 37 213 211 +2 96
6 Florida Panthers 82 38 29 15 30 206 223 −17 91
7 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 25 211 262 −51 68
8 Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 8 15 161 274 −113 54
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 82 50 22 10 43 221 189 +32 110
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 50 24 8 47 262 211 +51 108
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 43 25 14 39 235 221 +14 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – New York Rangers 82 53 22 7 49 252 192 +60 113
2 x – Washington Capitals 82 45 26 11 40 242 203 +39 101
3 x – New York Islanders 82 47 28 7 40 252 230 +22 101
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 AT x – Ottawa Senators 82 43 26 13 37 238 215 +23 99
2 ME x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 43 27 12 39 221 210 +11 98
3 AT Boston Bruins 82 41 27 14 37 213 211 +2 96
4 AT Florida Panthers 82 38 29 15 30 206 223 −17 91
5 ME Columbus Blue Jackets 82 42 35 5 33 236 250 −14 89
6 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 33 31 18 30 215 234 −19 84
7 ME New Jersey Devils 82 32 36 14 27 181 216 −35 78
8 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 30 41 11 25 188 226 −38 71
9 AT Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 25 211 262 −51 68
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 8 15 161 274 −113 54
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Suspensions/fines[edit]

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Alexei Emelin Illegal check to head of Buffalo Sabres forward Brian Gionta during NHL Game No. 337 in Buffalo on Friday, November 28, 2014, at 18:06 of the third period. $11,021.51 November 29, 2014[13]
P. K. Subban Diving/Embellishment during NHL Game No. 712 in New York on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at 13:05 of the first period. $2,000.00 February 4, 2015[14]
P. K. Subban Diving/Embellishment during NHL Game No. 1005 in Montreal on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 0:53 of the second period. $3,000.00 March 20, 2015[15]

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Game Log

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

Playoffs[edit]

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Atlantic Division Semifinal vs. (WC1) Ottawa Senators: Montreal leads 3–2
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series Recap
1 April 15 Ottawa 3–4 Montreal Price 21,287 1–0 Recap
2 April 17 Ottawa 2–3 Montreal OT Price 21,287 2–0 Recap
3 April 19 Montreal 2–1 Ottawa OT Price 20,500 3–0 Recap
4 April 22 Montreal 0–1 Ottawa Price 20,500 3–1 Recap
5 April 24 Ottawa 5–1 Montreal Price 21,287 3–2 Recap
6 April 26 Montreal Ottawa
7* April 28 Ottawa Montreal

Legend:       Win       Loss * denotes if needed

Player statistics[edit]

As of April 22, 2015[16]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Price, CareyCarey Price 66 66 3977 44 16 6 130 1.96 1953 .933 9 0 1 4
Tokarski, DustinDustin Tokarski 17 16 1005 6 6 4 46 2.75 509 .910 0 0 1 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Price, CareyCarey Price 4 4 251 3 1 0 7 1.67 130 .946 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Canadiens. Stats reflect time with the Canadiens only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Canadiens only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Roster[edit]

Updated March 15, 2015.[17]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
28 Canada Beaulieu, NathanNathan Beaulieu D L 22 2011 Strathroy, Ontario
25 Sweden de la Rose, JacobJacob de la Rose LW L 19 2013 Arvika, Sweden
51 Canada Desharnais, DavidDavid Desharnais C L 28 2008 Laurier-Station, Quebec
81 Denmark Eller, LarsLars Eller C L 25 2010 Rødovre, Denmark
74 Russia Emelin, AlexeiAlexei Emelin D L 29 2004 Togliatti, Soviet Union
32 United States Flynn, BrianBrian Flynn RW R 26 2015 Lynnfield, Massachusetts
27 United States Galchenyuk, AlexAlex Galchenyuk C L 21 2012 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
11 Canada Gallagher, BrendanBrendan Gallagher RW R 22 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
77 United States Gilbert, TomTom Gilbert D R 32 2014 Bloomington, Minnesota
55 Russia Gonchar, SergeiSergei Gonchar D L 41 2014 Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
39 Canada MacDonald, JoeyJoey MacDonald G L 35 2014 Pictou, Nova Scotia
20 Canada Malhotra, MannyManny Malhotra C L 34 2014 Mississauga, Ontario
79 Russia Markov, AndreiAndrei Markov (A) D L 36 1998 Voskresensk, Soviet Union
17 Canada Mitchell, TorreyTorrey Mitchell C/RW R 30 2015 Greenfield Park, Quebec
67 United States Pacioretty, MaxMax Pacioretty (A) LW L 26 2007 New Canaan, Connecticut
15 Canada Parenteau, Pierre-AlexandrePierre-Alexandre Parenteau RW R 32 2014 Hull, Quebec
64 United States Pateryn, GregGreg Pateryn D R 24 2008 Sterling Heights, Michigan
26 United States Petry, JeffJeff Petry D R 27 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan
14 Czech Republic Plekanec, TomasTomas Plekanec (A) C L 32 2001 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
31 Canada Price, CareyCarey Price G L 27 2005 Anahim Lake, British Columbia
8 Canada Prust, BrandonBrandon Prust LW L 31 2012 London, Ontario
21 Canada Smith-Pelly, DevanteDevante Smith-Pelly RW R 22 2015 Scarborough, Ontario
76 Canada Subban, P. K.P. K. Subban (A) D R 25 2007 Toronto, Ontario
35 Canada Tokarski, DustinDustin Tokarski G L 25 2013 Humboldt, Saskatchewan
43 Canada Weaver, MikeMike Weaver D R 36 2014 Bramalea, Ontario
22 Canada Weise, DaleDale Weise RW R 26 2014 Winnipeg, Manitoba


Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Canadiens have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014–15 season:

Trades[edit]

Date Details
June 14, 2014[27] To Anaheim Ducks
Louis Leblanc
To Montreal Canadiens
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2015
June 28, 2014[28] To Arizona Coyotes
3rd-round pick in 2014
4th round pick in 2014
To Montreal Canadiens
3rd-round pick in 2014
June 30, 2014[29] To Colorado Avalanche
Daniel Briere
To Montreal Canadiens
P. A. Parenteau
5th-round pick in 2015
July 1, 2014[30] To Buffalo Sabres
Josh Gorges
To Montreal Canadiens
MIN's 2nd-round pick in 2016
October 5, 2014[31] To Winnipeg Jets
Peter Budaj
Patrick Holland
To Montreal Canadiens
Eric Tangradi
November 11, 2014[32] To Dallas Stars
Travis Moen
To Montreal Canadiens
Sergei Gonchar
November 20, 2014[33] To Anaheim Ducks
Rene Bourque
To Montreal Canadiens
Bryan Allen
February 24, 2015[34] To Anaheim Ducks
Jiri Sekac
To Montreal Canadiens
Devante Smith-Pelly
March 2, 2015[35] To Edmonton Oilers
2nd-round pick in 2015
conditional 5th-round pick in 2015
To Montreal Canadiens
Jeff Petry
March 2, 2015[36] To Buffalo Sabres
5th-round pick in 2016
To Montreal Canadiens
Brian Flynn
March 2, 2015[37] To Buffalo Sabres
Jack Nevins
7th-round pick in 2016
To Montreal Canadiens
Torrey Mitchell