1998–99 Montreal Canadiens season

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1998–99 Montreal Canadiens
Division 5th Northeast
Conference 11th Eastern
1998–99 record 32–39–11
Home record 21–15–5
Road record 11–24–6
Goals for 184
Goals against 209
Team information
General Manager Rejean Houle
Coach Alain Vigneault
Captain Vincent Damphousse (Oct-Mar)
Vacant (Mar-Apr)
Arena Bell Centre
Team leaders
Goals Martin Rucinsky (17)
Assists Mark Recchi (35)
Points Mark Recchi (47)
Penalties in minutes Shayne Corson (147)
Plus/minus Patrick Poulin
Turner Stevenson (+6)
Wins Jeff Hackett (24)
Goals against average Frederic Chabot (2.23)

The 1998–99 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 90th season of play. The club finished 5th in the Northeast Division and did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. It had been the worst season in over 48 years for the club. The Canadiens finished last in their division. Martin Rucinsky led the club with 17 goals. It was the first time since the 1940-41 season, that the Canadiens did not have at least one twenty-goal scorer.[1] On March 31, 1999, ownership announced that it has lost 3.8 million dollars in its last fiscal year.[2] Following the season, team president Ronald Corey resigned in May 1999.

Regular season[edit]

In March 1999, Captain Vincent Damphousse was traded.[3]

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
R CR GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
1 2 Ottawa Senators 82 44 23 15 239 179 892 103
2 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 45 30 7 268 231 1095 97
3 6 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 214 181 1182 91
4 7 Buffalo Sabres 82 37 28 17 207 175 1561 91
5 11 Montreal Canadiens 82 32 39 11 184 209 1299 75

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Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[5]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 y – New Jersey Devils ATL 82 47 24 11 248 196 105
2 y – Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 23 15 239 179 103
3 y – Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 34 30 18 210 202 86
4 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 45 30 7 268 231 97
5 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 37 26 19 231 196 93
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 214 181 91
7 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 37 28 17 207 175 91
8 Pittsburgh Penguins ATL 82 38 30 14 242 225 90
9 Florida Panthers SE 82 30 34 18 210 228 78
10 New York Rangers ATL 82 33 38 11 217 227 77
11 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 32 39 11 184 209 75
12 Washington Capitals SE 82 31 45 6 200 218 68
13 New York Islanders ATL 82 24 48 10 194 244 58
14 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 19 54 9 179 292 47

Divisions: ATL - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 10, 1998 7–1 New York Rangers (1998–99) 1–0–0
2 W October 13, 1998 1–0 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1998–99) 2–0–0
3 T October 16, 1998 2–2 OT @ Washington Capitals (1998–99) 2–0–1
4 L October 17, 1998 3–4 Buffalo Sabres (1998–99) 2–1–1
5 L October 19, 1998 1–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1998–99) 2–2–1
6 W October 21, 1998 3–2 Ottawa Senators (1998–99) 3–2–1
7 L October 24, 1998 0–3 Detroit Red Wings (1998–99) 3–3–1
8 L October 28, 1998 2–9 Boston Bruins (1998–99) 3–4–1
9 T October 29, 1998 1–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1998–99) 3–4–2
10 L October 31, 1998 1–5 @ Ottawa Senators (1998–99) 3–5–2
11 W November 4, 1998 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1998–99) 4–5–2
12 W November 7, 1998 4–2 New York Islanders (1998–99) 5–5–2
13 W November 9, 1998 5–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1998–99) 6–5–2
14 L November 11, 1998 0–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1998–99) 6–6–2
15 L November 12, 1998 0–4 @ New York Islanders (1998–99) 6–7–2
16 L November 14, 1998 1–4 Edmonton Oilers (1998–99) 6–8–2
17 L November 17, 1998 4–5 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1998–99) 6–9–2
18 W November 19, 1998 4–3 Calgary Flames (1998–99) 7–9–2
19 L November 21, 1998 2–3 Colorado Avalanche (1998–99) 7–10–2
20 L November 27, 1998 1–5 @ Boston Bruins (1998–99) 7–11–2
21 L November 28, 1998 3–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1998–99) 7–12–2
22 W November 30, 1998 3–1 Los Angeles Kings (1998–99) 8–12–2
23 L December 2, 1998 1–4 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1998–99) 8–13–2
24 T December 4, 1998 1–1 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1998–99) 8–13–3
25 L December 5, 1998 3–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1998–99) 8–14–3
26 L December 9, 1998 2–4 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1998–99) 8–15–3
27 L December 11, 1998 2–3 @ Dallas Stars (1998–99) 8–16–3
28 T December 12, 1998 2–2 OT @ Nashville Predators (1998–99) 8–16–4
29 T December 14, 1998 2–2 OT Phoenix Coyotes (1998–99) 8–16–5
30 L December 18, 1998 2–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1998–99) 8–17–5
31 T December 19, 1998 1–1 OT New Jersey Devils (1998–99) 8–17–6
32 T December 21, 1998 2–2 OT Dallas Stars (1998–99) 8–17–7
33 L December 23, 1998 1–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1998–99) 8–18–7
34 W December 26, 1998 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1998–99) 9–18–7
35 W December 29, 1998 5–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1998–99) 10–18–7
36 W December 31, 1998 2–1 @ Calgary Flames (1998–99) 11–18–7
37 W January 2, 1999 2–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1998–99) 12–18–7
38 L January 4, 1999 3–4 @ Colorado Avalanche (1998–99) 12–19–7
39 W January 7, 1999 4–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1998–99) 13–19–7
40 W January 9, 1999 3–2 New York Islanders (1998–99) 14–19–7
41 W January 11, 1999 3–1 St. Louis Blues (1998–99) 15–19–7
42 L January 12, 1999 1–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1998–99) 15–20–7
43 W January 15, 1999 3–0 @ Washington Capitals (1998–99) 16–20–7
44 W January 16, 1999 3–0 New York Rangers (1998–99) 17–20–7
45 T January 18, 1999 4–4 OT Washington Capitals (1998–99) 17–20–8
46 L January 21, 1999 0–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1998–99) 17–21–8
47 W January 26, 1999 2–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1998–99) 18–21–8
48 L January 27, 1999 1–2 @ Florida Panthers (1998–99) 18–22–8
49 L January 30, 1999 1–3 Carolina Hurricanes (1998–99) 18–23–8
50 L January 31, 1999 3–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1998–99) 18–24–8
51 W February 3, 1999 2–1 Vancouver Canucks (1998–99) 19–24–8
52 L February 4, 1999 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1998–99) 19–25–8
53 W February 6, 1999 3–2 Buffalo Sabres (1998–99) 20–25–8
54 L February 9, 1999 2–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1998–99) 20–26–8
55 L February 11, 1999 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1998–99) 20–27–8
56 W February 13, 1999 4–0 Florida Panthers (1998–99) 21–27–8
57 W February 17, 1999 6–3 @ New York Rangers (1998–99) 22–27–8
58 W February 18, 1999 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1998–99) 23–27–8
59 L February 20, 1999 2–3 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1998–99) 23–28–8
60 L February 25, 1999 1–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1998–99) 23–29–8
61 W February 27, 1999 4–1 Ottawa Senators (1998–99) 24–29–8
62 W March 2, 1999 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1998–99) 25–29–8
63 T March 3, 1999 4–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1998–99) 25–29–9
64 L March 6, 1999 1–6 Tampa Bay Lightning (1998–99) 25–30–9
65 L March 8, 1999 2–5 Florida Panthers (1998–99) 25–31–9
66 W March 11, 1999 3–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1998–99) 26–31–9
67 W March 13, 1999 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1998–99) 27–31–9
68 W March 18, 1999 3–2 Nashville Predators (1998–99) 28–31–9
69 L March 20, 1999 0–1 Washington Capitals (1998–99) 28–32–9
70 T March 22, 1999 1–1 OT San Jose Sharks (1998–99) 28–32–10
71 W March 24, 1999 2–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1998–99) 29–32–10
72 L March 25, 1999 1–2 @ Calgary Flames (1998–99) 29–33–10
73 L March 27, 1999 1–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1998–99) 29–34–10
74 L April 1, 1999 2–3 Boston Bruins (1998–99) 29–35–10
75 W April 3, 1999 2–1 Buffalo Sabres (1998–99) 30–35–10
76 L April 5, 1999 0–3 @ Boston Bruins (1998–99) 30–36–10
77 W April 7, 1999 2–0 Carolina Hurricanes (1998–99) 31–36–10
78 L April 8, 1999 1–3 @ New York Islanders (1998–99) 31–37–10
79 L April 10, 1999 2–6 New Jersey Devils (1998–99) 31–38–10
80 T April 13, 1999 2–2 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1998–99) 31–38–11
81 L April 14, 1999 2–3 OT @ Florida Panthers (1998–99) 31–39–11
82 W April 17, 1999 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1998–99) 32–39–11

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mark Recchi RW 61 12 35 47 28 -4 3 0 2
Saku Koivu C 65 14 30 44 38 -7 4 2 0
Vincent Damphousse C 65 12 24 36 46 -7 3 2 2
Martin Rucinsky LW 73 17 17 34 50 -25 5 0 1
Vladimir Malakhov D 62 13 21 34 77 -7 8 0 3
Shayne Corson LW 63 12 20 32 147 -10 7 0 4
Benoit Brunet LW 60 14 17 31 31 -1 4 2 0
Turner Stevenson RW 69 10 17 27 88 6 0 0 2
Stephane Quintal D 82 8 19 27 84 -23 1 1 4
Brian Savage LW 54 16 10 26 20 -14 5 0 4
Patrick Poulin C 81 8 17 25 21 6 0 1 1
Sergei Zholtok C 70 7 15 22 6 -12 2 0 3
Jonas Hoglund LW 74 8 10 18 16 -5 1 0 0
Eric Weinrich D 66 6 12 18 77 -12 4 0 1
Patrice Brisebois D 54 3 9 12 28 -8 1 0 1
Igor Ulanov D 76 3 9 12 109 -3 0 0 0
Scott Thornton LW 47 7 4 11 87 -2 1 0 1
Craig Rivet D 66 2 8 10 66 -3 0 0 0
Jason Dawe RW 37 4 5 9 14 0 1 0 1
Dainius Zubrus C 17 3 5 8 4 -3 0 0 1
Brett Clark D 61 2 2 4 16 -3 0 0 0
Eric Houde C 8 1 1 2 2 -2 0 0 1
Scott Lachance D 17 1 1 2 11 -2 0 0 0
Dave Manson D 11 0 2 2 48 -3 0 0 0
Matt Higgins C 25 1 0 1 0 -2 0 0 0
Miloslav Guren D 12 0 1 1 4 -1 0 0 0
Jeff Hackett G 53 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
Arron Asham RW 7 0 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0
Andrei Bashkirov LW 10 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Sylvain Blouin LW 5 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 0
Brad Brown D 5 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 0
Frederic Chabot G 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Delisle RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jean-Francois Jomphe C 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Trent McCleary RW 46 0 0 0 29 -1 0 0 0
Dave Morissette LW 10 0 0 0 52 1 0 0 0
Alain Nasreddine D 8 0 0 0 33 1 0 0 0
Terry Ryan LW 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Jose Theodore G 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jocelyn Thibault G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Jeff Hackett 3091 53 24 20 9 117 2.27 5 1360 1243 .914
Jose Theodore 913 18 4 12 0 50 3.29 1 406 356 .877
Jocelyn Thibault 529 10 3 4 2 23 2.61 1 250 227 .908
Frederic Chabot 430 11 1 3 0 16 2.23 0 188 172 .915
Team: 4963 82 32 39 11 206 2.49 7 2204 1998 .907

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Note:
Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Montreal's draft picks at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft held at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 16 Eric Chouinard  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
2 45 Mike Ribeiro  Canada Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
3 75 Francois Beauchemin  Canada Laval Titan College Francais (QMJHL)
5 132 Andrei Bashkirov  Russia Fort Wayne Komets (IHL)
6 152 Gordie Dwyer  Canada Beauport Harfangs (QMJHL)
6 162 Andrei Markov  Russia Khimik Voskresensk (Russia)
7 189 Andrei Kruchinin  Russia Lada Togliatti (Russia)
8 201 Craig Murray  Canada University of Michigan (CCHA)
8 216 Michael Ryder  Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)
9 247 Darcy Harris  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.291, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  2. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.292, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  3. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.299, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  4. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 155.
  5. ^ "1998-1999 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 
  6. ^ "1998–99 Montreal Canadiens Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  7. ^ "1998-99 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.