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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 31 12 5 67 170 98
New York Rangers 48 27 11 10 64 136 77
Toronto Maple Leafs 48 25 17 6 56 134 110
Chicago Blackhawks 48 23 19 6 52 112 120
Detroit Red Wings 48 16 26 6 38 90 126
New York Americans 48 15 29 4 34 106 140
Montreal Canadiens 48 10 33 5 25 90 167
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 17 19 36
9 Charlie Sands 47 9 20 29
11 Ray Getliffe 46 11 12 23
6 Georges Mantha 42 9 11 20
20 Louis Trudel 47 12 7 19
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 Claude Bourque 36 9-24-3 2 3.29
Season results


While the world prepares to endure the Second World War, the Canadiens’ organization deals with challenges of its own, some before the 1939-40 season even gets underway.

In June, Canadiens president Ernest Savard calls on former Hart Trophy winner, Babe Siebert to coach the team.

Siebert, who retired as a player just weeks before his appointment, drowns in Lake Huron on August 25 while swimming off the shore of his parents’ cottage. Another former player, Pit Lepine, inherits the job but is unable to produce the desired results.

The Canadiens get off to a fast start with four wins and two ties in their first six games. After 13 games, the team has seven wins to its credit. Everything falls apart after that as they win only three of their next 35 regular season games.

The team goes through a number of winless streaks, including a nine-game losing skid from December 16 to January 6, and a pair of 0-9-1 strings during January and February, and again in February and March.

On March 9 at the Forum, the Habs end a streak of 15 straight home games without a win, an unenviable record that lasts for more than 50 years.

The Canadiens finish the season in seventh place, dead last in the standings, and miss the playoffs. With that, Lepine’s brief coaching career comes to an end.

Toe Blake manages to put together a strong season with 36 points, including 17 goals.