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Numbers Game: Rangers @ Canadiens - Game 1

A numerical look at Wednesday night's series-opener against the Rangers at the Bell Centre

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Wednesday night's Eastern Conference quarterfinal series-opener between the Canadiens and the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre.

16 - This marks the 16th time that the Canadiens and the New York Rangers are facing off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with their previous meeting coming back in 2014 when they squared off in the Eastern Conference Finals. New York owns an 8-7 overall record against the Habs in postseason play. 

4 - Number of Habs who made their NHL playoff debuts on Wednesday night, including Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Artturi Lehkonen and Andreas Martinsen. All four players were privy to one of the most unique postseason experiences around, hitting the ice at the Bell Centre in front of a raucous crowd.

6 - Number of games defenseman Jordie Benn missed to close out the regular season with an upper-body injury before returning to the Canadiens' lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against New York. Prior to the series-opener, Benn hadn't seen game action since March 28.

Video: NYR@MTL, Gm1: Benn delivers a big check on Glass

40 - Number of hits the two teams combined to dish out during the opening period of play alone on Wednesday night as both the Canadiens and the Rangers registered 20 hits each. Martinsen, Lehkonen and Alexander Radulov led the way for Claude Julien's contingent with three hits each.

16 - Number of shots the Canadiens fired on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during the first period, while holding the Rangers to just five shots on Carey Price. Nevertheless, Alain Vigneault's squad still headed to the locker room with a 1-0 advantage on a goal by Tanner Glass at the 9:50 mark of the frame.

Video: NYR@MTL, Gm1: Price recovers to turn aside Lindberg

16 - Number of Canadiens players who up a number in the hit department during a very physical affair on Wednesday night. Alex Galchenyuk and Andrei Markov were the lone Habs who didn't hit an opponent. Paul Byron registered a team-leading seven hits on the night.

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