BUFFALO -- Here's a numerical look at the Canadiens-Sabres matchup on Thursday night at First Niagara Center.
– Number of times Jeff Halpern has hit the ice for an NHL game so far in his 13-year career, racking up 147 goals and 361 points in that span.0
– Number of players suiting up in Thursday’s game who had previously played for the opposing team, with not a single one of the 40 players in uniform having experienced time in the other team’s jersey. 28
– Number of times, out of a possible 40 games, in which the Canadiens have opened up the scoring, now getting on the board first in 70% of their games this season following Rene Bourque’s sixth of the campaign. 55
– Number of days since Bourque last registered a point, scoring his second game back after missing 21 games with a concussion. 5
– Consecutive number of games in which Alex Galchenyuk has registered at least one point, racking up three goals and three assists in that span following his first-period marker on Thursday night.
– Number of points accrued by Galchenyuk so far in his debut NHL campaign, briefly tying him for fifth in the rookie scoring race with Brendan Gallagher before Gallagher got a goal of his own in the second period. 12
– Number of goals scored by Gallagher in 36 games so far this year, one fewer than Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau among all NHL rookies. 15
– Number of Habs who registered at least one shot in Thursday’s contest, led by P.K. Subban’s game-high six shots on goal.23
– Number of power play points racked up by P.K. Subban in 34 games this year, vaulting him past Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in that category following his assist on Andrei Markov’s goal with the man advantage and a tally of his own in the third period.8
– Number of power play goals scored by Markov this season, leading all NHL defensemen in goals with the man advantage.
– Consecutive number of wins registered by Peter Budaj following Thursday’s victory in Buffalo, adding another W to his current career-long win-streak. 3
– Number of teams that have now clinched a spot in the 2013 NHL Playoffs, with the Canadiens joining the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the postseason club following Thursday’s win in Buffalo. -canadiens.com
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