Unflattering figures for Dominique Ducharme
Times are hard for the Montreal Canadiens and for his head coach Dominique Ducharme, who no longer knows which way to turn in order to obtain victories.
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Ducharme, who has seen scores of players fall in battle for a variety of reasons including COVID-19 this year, claims an average of .264 for this regular schedule. His troops have conceded five straight losses and his 7-24-5 record, good for 19 points, is the worst on the circuit.
Since his arrival at the helm of the team, replacing Claude Julien on February 24, 2021, the Quebec driver has suffered a large share of defeats, except of course during the playoffs which saw the Habs reach the Stanley Cup final. . However, as for the regular season, it’s very difficult for Ducharme.
In fact, as seen on the specialized site Hockey Reference, as of Friday, he had the third worst point average in the history of the Canadian among head instructors. His career 22-40-12 record earns him a low average of .378. Pit Lépine (, 260) and Sylvio Mantha (, 344) are the only ones to have posted an even worse performance. In the case of Lépine, he was in post only for the 1939-1940 campaign, the last during which the club finished in the cellar of the general classification of the National League; it had seven formations at the time.
Below the threshold of respectability
After taking over from Julien, the Quebec driver was unable to show a .500 record before entering the playoffs. His men were satisfied with 15 wins in 38 outings, but that was enough for a qualification in the playoffs.
Three other coaches in the history of the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge could not present an average equivalent to or above the threshold of respectability during their stay with the team. They are Randy Cunneyworth (, 450), Alain Vigneault (, 483) and Newsy Lalonde (, 498).