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Numbers Game: Canadiens @ Avalanche

A numerical look at Wednesday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

DENVER - Here's a numerical look at Wednesday night's game between the Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

4 - Wednesday night's contest marked the start of the Canadiens' fourth set of back-to-back games so far this season. The Habs will wrap up the set on Thursday night when Max Domi makes his return to Arizona for the first time since being acquired by Montreal during the offseason. The Canadiens still have 10 more sets of back-to-back games remaining on their schedule through the end of the year.

9 - Number of games Charles Hudon missed as a healthy scratch before being re-interserted into the lineup on Wednesday night in place of Matthew Peca. It was Hudon's first taste of game action since November 27, when the Canadiens battled the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre. Defenseman Victor Mete was also playing his first game with the big club since that tilt versus the Hurricanes. He played seven games with the AHL's Laval Rocket before getting another shot on the Canadiens' back end. Fellow rearguard Brett Kulak was a healthy scratch.

100 - Hudon's return on Wednesday night afforded him the opportunity to play his 100th career game in the NHL ranks. A fifth-round pick of the Canadiens, 122nd overall back in 2012, Hudon made his League debut during the 2015-16 campaign. The 24-year-old forward centered a line with Kenny Agostino and Michael Chaput against Colorado.

8 - Number of consecutive games the Canadiens went without lighting the lamp on the power play before Brendan Gallagher tipped a Jeff Petry shot past Avalanche starter Philipp Grubauer at the 5:43 mark of the opening frame to put the Habs up 1-0. It was Gallagher's team-leading 15th goal of the season. The tally snapped an 0-for-25 drought with the man advantage.

Video: MTL@COL: Gallagher redirects Petry's shot for PPG

12 - Number of shots Carey Price turned aside during the first period on Wednesday night, helping the Canadiens head to the locker room with a one-goal advantage. Several of the six-time All-Star's stops were of the highlight-reel variety, as Price stymied the Avalanche in the early going.

Video: MTL@COL: Price robs Calvert with tough sprawling save

0 - Number of turnovers the Canadiens committed during the first period on Wednesday night. It was a vast improvement in that department considering that Julien's contingent turned the puck over 24 times in Monday night's loss to Boston at the Bell Centre. The Habs ended up committing just two giveaways all night.

4 - Number of shots the Canadiens surrendered during the second period on Wednesday night, while firing 14 on Grubauer. Unfortunately, the Avalanche did manage to tied things up 1-1 on a goal by Mikko Rantanen at the 4:21 mark of the frame. 

300 - Claude Julien helmed his 300th career game behind the Canadiens' bench on Wednesday night. The veteran bench boss recorded his 600th career win last Saturday night when the Habs downed the Ottawa Senators in Montreal.

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