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Numbers Game: Canadiens @ Predators

A numerical look at Thursday night's game against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

NASHVILLE - Here's a numerical look at Thursday night's game against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

2 - Numbers of players in the Canadiens' lineup on Thursday night who were suiting up for their first game of the 2018-19 campaign with the Habs, including Dale Weise and Nate Thompson. Weise began his second tenure in Canadiens colors after being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers last weekend. For his part, Thompson made his Habs debut after being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings earlier in the week. Weise and Thompson played on a line with Nicolas Deslauriers against Nashville.

900 - Captain Shea Weber suited up for his 900th career NHL game on Thursday night. The 33-year-old Sicamous, BC native played the bulk of those games with Nashville, before being acquired by Montreal in June 2016. Weber is one of only 16 active NHL defensemen with at least 900 NHL games on their resume. He is also the 157th blueliner in League history to accomplish the feat.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Bravo, Shea! #GoHabsGo

16 - Number of saves Carey Price made during the opening frame alone on Thursday night, as the Canadiens were outshot by a 16-8 margin. Fortunately, the seven-time All-Star was at the top of his game and the two teams skated to their respective locker rooms in a scoreless tie through 20 minutes of play. 

21 - The Canadiens combined for 21 shots during the second period, doing everything possible to try and put the puck past Predators starter Pekka Rinne. Unfortunately, Rinne wasn't in a giving mood in the middle frame and the Habs couldn't light the lamp. Claude Julien's troops headed off down 1-0 on a goal by Ryan Hartman at the 9:49 mark of the stanza. Nashville managed to generate 11 shots during the period.

2 - Tomas Tatar extended his scoring streak to two straight games when he found the back of the net at the 5:26 mark of the third period. That tied things up 1-1. It was his 18th goal of the season, and it came off a perfect feed from Andrew Shaw that left Rinne helpless.

Video: MTL@NSH: Tatar puts home feed from Shaw

4 - Jordie Benn snapped a four-game point draught when he collected the secondary assist on Tatar's tally. It was his 10th helper of the season, and marked the fifth time in his career that he hit double-digits in that department in a single campaign.

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