Canadiens knocked out of playoff contention

The Canadiens won't be around for the playoffs. 

The Blue Jackets beat the Rangers 3-2 in a shootout Friday evening to secure the final playoff spot in the East, while also eliminating Montreal from playoff contention. 

While the Canadiens will regret missteps in their playoff push, especially a devastating 6-2 loss to Columbus last week, they will have momentum moving into next season after defying their modest expectations at the start of the 2018-19 campaign. 

The Habs will finish at least 23 points better than their disappointing 2017-18 season.

Three of the seven Canadian teams qualified for the playoffs this season.

Calgary will finish with the top seed in the Western Conference, while Winnipeg and Toronto are also in.

Montreal joins Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa as the Canadian teams missing out. 

The Oilers, Canadiens and Senators failed to reach the playoffs for a second straight season, while the Canucks' playoff drought has been extended to four seasons.