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Numbers Game: Canadiens @ Blues

A numerical look at Thursday night's game against the Blues at the Enterprise Center

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

ST. LOUIS - Here's a numerical look at Thursday night's game against the Blues at the Enterprise Center.

300 - Nicolas Deslauriers suited up for his 300th career NHL game on Thursday night, returning to the Canadiens' lineup after a one-game absence as a healthy scratch. The 27-year-old forward played the majority of those contests in a Buffalo Sabres uniform (211), before joining the Habs last October. He was drafted in the third round, 84th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2009. 

200 - For his part, Joel Armia appeared in his 200th career NHL game on Thursday night. The 25-year-old Finnish forward played one game for Buffalo, 179 for Winnipeg, and made his 20th outing for the Habs after coming on board on June 30. Armia was the 16th overall selection of the Sabres in the 2011 NHL Draft.

200 - Phillip Danault played his 200th game with the Habs on Thursday night. Acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks in February 2016, Danault has firmly established himself as a key contributor up front.

7 - Number of games defenseman Karl Alzner sat out as a healthy scratch before returning to the Canadiens' lineup on Thursday night. Alzner, who was recalled from the AHL's Laval Rocket on December 26, played his first game with the Habs since November 24. He suited up for 10 games with Laval during his time with Joel Bouchard's contingent.

2 - Number of goals that were scored on special teams during the opening frame, both of which came against the Habs, unfortunately. The Blues capitalized on an early power play, with Robert Thomas lighting the lamp just 1:56 into the period. Then, Oskar Sundqvist scored short-handed with 3:36 to go in the stanza to give St. Louis a 2-0 advantage through 20 minutes of play.

3 - Number of power play goals Brendan Gallagher has scored so far this season, adding another one to his resume on Thursday night when he cut the Blues' lead to 3-1 at the 9:02 mark of the second period. That ties him with Max Domi and Andrew Shaw for second spot in that department. Tomas Tatar leads the way with four markers while the Habs are up a man.

Video: MTL@STL: Gallagher's shot goes in off skate for PPG

2 - With an assist on Gallagher's tally, rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi tied former Habs defenseman Petr Svoboda for the second-most career points as an 18-year-old with the Canadiens (21 points). Mario Tremblay ranks first with 39. (Source: @StatsCentre)

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