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season card
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
Boston Bruins 48 36 10 2 74 156 76
New York Rangers 48 26 16 6 58 149 105
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 19 20 9 47 114 107
New York Americans 48 17 21 10 44 119 157
Detroit Red Wings 48 18 24 6 42 107 128
Montreal Canadiens 48 15 24 9 39 115 146
Chicago Blackhawks 48 12 28 8 32 91 132
Season's leaders see the complete stats
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
6 Toe Blake 48 24 23 47
10 Paul Haynes 47 5 33 38
14 Johnny Gagnon 45 12 22 34
9 Herb Cain 45 13 14 27
20 Louis Trudel 31 8 13 21
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
RECORD Record - Goalie record (W-L-T)
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
1 Wilf Cude 23 8-11-4 2 3.21
Season results


The team’s management goes with a youth movement heading into the 1938-39 season as Aurele Joliat, Pit Lepine and Marty Burke are told that their services are no longer required.

This change in direction doesn’t bring about the desired results as the Canadiens lose their first seven games of the season.

At the end of the streak, goalie Wilf Cude leaves the net in tears with a shower of boos raining down on him. The team doctor commits him to rest and Cude doesn’t return to his post until January. Claude Bourque takes over in goal during his absence.

After a series of four wins in five games, the Habs hit the skids again and lose six straight in December. From December 13 to January 15, the team wins once and loses eight more times.

At the end of January, team management has seen enough and manager Jules Dugal replaces coach Cecil Hart behind the bench. The move ends Hart’s nine-year association with the team, divided into two stints, that includes two Stanley Cup wins.

The veteran’s departure allows left winger Toe Blake an opportunity to flourish and he becomes the second player in team history to both lead the NHL in scoring and win the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player. He joins Howie Morenz, who accomplished the feat twice, in 1927-28 and again in 1930-31. Blake scores 24 goals and adds 23 assists for a total of 47 points.

With the Montreal Maroons suspending operations, the league is reduced to seven teams grouped into one division. The Canadiens finish in sixth place with a 15-24-9 record and claim the final playoff spot.


Montreal faces Detroit in the quarterfinals, having maintained a record of three wins and four losses against the Red Wings during the regular season.

The Habs start the series on the right foot in front of their fans with a 2-0 win over their opponents at the Forum.

The joy is short lived as the Canadiens drop the next two games of the series, 7-3 and then 1-0 in overtime.

It is the Canadiens’ fourth overtime elimination in their last five playoff series.
The playoffs roadmap
Semi-finals - Detroit Red Wings
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 21st, 1939 DET 0 MTL 2  
March 23rd, 1939 MTL 3 DET 7  
March 26th, 1939 MTL 0 DET 1  
Detroit won best-of-three series 2-1