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01-19-2005, 11:23 AM
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Montreal Canadiens 1955-56 or 1976-77 Statistical breakdown..which was better?

Which one do you think was the better team?

Just for the record, here are both team's top players ranked by the number of points they scored in the season and playoffs. Oh and since they only played 70 games in 55-56 I've calculated the numbers and have put all of them on 80 games and 14 in the playoffs since that's the number of gamesw the 76-77 habs played. Not the most accurate, but I think the best way to compare.


55-56 Montreal Canadiens

Season and playoffs:

Jean Beliveau: 80 GP, 54 G, 46 A, 100 P
14 GP: 17 G. 9 A, 26 P

Maurice Richard: 80 GP, 43 G, 38 A, 81 P
14 GP: 7 G, 13 A, 20 P

Bert Olmstead: 80 GP, 16 G, 64 A, 80 P
14 GP: 6 G, 14 A, 20 P

Bernie Geoffrion: 80 GP, 39 G, 45 A, 84 P
14 GP: 7 G, 13 A, 20 P

Dickie Moore: 80 GP 13 G, 44 A, 57 P
14 GP: 4 G, 9 A, 13 P

Doug Harvey: 80 GP: 6 G, 50 A, 56 P
14 GP: 3 G, 7 A, 10 P

Henri Richard: 80 GP, 24 G, 26 A, 50 P
14 GP: 5 G, 6 A, 11 P

They also had other great role players in Claude Provost and Dollard St Laurent.

76-77 Montreal Canadiens:

Season and Playoffs:

Guy Lafleur: 80 GP, 56 G, 80 A, 136 P
14 GP: 9 G, 17 A, 26 P

Steve Shutt: 80 GP, 60 G, 45 A, 105 P
14 GP: 8 G, 10 A, 18 P

Larry Robinson: 80 GP, 20 G, 68 A, 88 P
14 GP: 2 G, 10 A, 12 P

Guy Lapointe: 80 GP, 26 G, 53 A, 79 P
14 GP: 3 G, 11 A, 14 P

Jacques Lemaire: 80 GP, 36 G, 44 A, 80 P
14 GP: 7 G, 12 A, 19 P

Pete Mahovlich: 80 GP, 16 G, 49 A, 65 P
14 GP: 4 G, 6 A, 10 P

Doug Risebrough: 80 GP, 22 G, 40 A, 62 P
14 GP: 2 G, 4 A, 6 P

Yvan Cournoyer: 80 GP, 33 G, 37 A, 70 P

Yvon Lambert: 80 GP, 24 G, 28 A, 52 P
14 GP: 3 G, 3 A, 6 P

Rejean Houle: 65 GP, 27 G, 37 A, 64 P
14 GP: O G, 2 A, 2 P

They also had other great players in Mario Tremblay Serge Savard Doug Jarvis and Bob Gainey

Goalies:

Ken Dryden: 56 GP, 2.14 GAA, 10 Shutouts
Jacques Plante: 64 GP, 1.86 GAA, 7 Shutouts

Number of Cups won in a row:

55-56 until 59-60: 5
76-77 until 79-80: 4

Number of Hall of famers:
55-56: 9
76-77: 9

Season Records:

55-56: 70 GP, 45 W, 15 L, 10 T 100 P
76-77: 80 GP, 60 W, 8 L, 12 T 132 P

So after all of that comparison I would still take 76-77 Canadiens team as even though the 55-56 team might have had more good players especially a better goalie, this team knew how to win. 60 Wins in a single season is still the second highest of any team and 132 points is the highest point total ever. Although it's so close I would have to go with 76-77 habs. What's your pick and why?

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