NEWARK – Here's a numerical look at Friday's game between the Habs and the Devils in New Jersey.
– Number of Canadiens players who have suited up for all 79 games so far this season. Veteran defenseman Andrei Markov bowed out of a group comprised of Tomas Plekanec, Brandon Prust, David Desharnais, P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher on Friday after earning a well-deserved rest before the playoffs in New Jersey.44
– Percentage of his career goals against the Devils that Tomas Plekanec has scored this season alone. After finding the back of the net to tie the game late in the first, the Czech center has now tallied four of his nine career markers against New Jersey since 2003 in 2014-15.
3:20 – Amount of ice time, in minutes, defenseman Sergei Gonchar needed to make his presence felt in New Jersey, picking up an assist on Tomas Plekanec’s first-period goal following a nine-game absence.
3 – Number of consecutive games in which Canadiens rearguard Jeff Petry has now scored a goal, extending his streak on Friday with a first-period strike in Newark.
23 – Number of assists Brendan Gallagher has racked up in 2014-15, setting a new personal best with his first-period helper to Plekanec on Friday.
1,301 – Number of career games played by Sergei Gonchar, placing him 5th amongst active NHLers, just behind Jaromir Jagr, Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla and Patrick Marleau.
325 – Number of assists Sergei Gonchar has registered with the man advantage since making his NHL debut in 1994-95, representing exactly 55% of his career haul.
4 – Number of times this season that back-to-back games have required an extra frame to be solved, as the Habs were knotted up after 60 minutes of play once again in New Jersey following a shootout loss to the Caps at home on Thursday.
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