The Montreal Canadiens lead the East Conference with 32 points. They have a 14-9 record with four regulation tie points. This is a big step forward from last year's team who finished in last place in the East Conference.
Montreal is not your typical last place team. They only allowed 14 more goals than they scored in the season. Most last place teams do worse than that. However even if we accept that they should have been better than a last place finisher last season, they are no first place team either. This is partly shown by their large number of regulation tie points. Toronto has the same win/loss record as Montreal without any regulation tie points and they sit fifth in the East Conference.
Montreal has improved offensively by about half a goal since last season. They have also improved their goals against by a fifth of a goal per game. This makes the better part of a goal a game improvement from last year.
Probably the biggest reason for the offensive improveme...