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Saturday was big night for Canadiens

Friday, 09.23.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Saturday was big night for Canadiens
Advantage Margin: -37
Montreal's seventh-ranked penalty-killers got plenty of practice: The Canadiens were shorthanded a League-high 327 times.

Special Teams Goal Margin: +5
The penalty-killers did an excellent job, finishing seventh in the NHL at 84.4 percent. Despite having far fewer chances, the seventh-ranked power play actually scored more goals than the penalty-killers gave up (57-51)

Goals by defensemen: 35
The Canadiens will miss James Wisniewski, who scored 7 goals after being acquired from the Islanders at midseason, but signed with Columbus this summer. A full season from injury-plagued Andrei Markov, their best defenseman, is a must.

MONTREAL CANADIENS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 96  (6th East/14th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 +8
Home Points 54  (4th East/7th NHL)
Road Points 42  (8th East/19th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 8-5-3 OT: 5-5 SO: 3-3

In an era where about one of every four games goes past regulation, the Canadiens had just four of 41 road games that took longer than 60 minutes to decide. They went 1-2 in overtime and won their lone shootout.

Times Scored First: 44
Record: 32-6-6

The Canadiens scored first 22 times each at home and on the road, though they were much more effective at turning those first goals into points at the Bell Centre (17-1-4) than away from it (15-5-2).

Best 2010-11 Number: 16-4-1
Montreal's record on Saturdays. The 16 wins tied Los Angeles (16-5-2, also on Saturday) for the most victories by any team on any day of the week.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 56
Goals scored by the Canadiens in the third period, tying them with New Jersey for the fewest in the NHL. Opponents outscored Montreal 72-56 in third periods.
   
Scheduling
After starting the season with games at Toronto and Winnipeg, the Canadiens play seven of their last nine in October at home. They have no homestand longer than three games, make their usual two-week trip (six games) at Christmas and visit Western Canada in early March to begin a stretch that will see them play nine of 13 on the road.
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