Here’s a numerical look at the Canadiens-Sabres matchup on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
-Consecutive games in which Sergei Kostitsyn has scored a goal with a blast from inside the blue line while manning the point on the power play. 3
-Goals scored by the younger Kostitsyn in his last two games, after notching just as many in his previous 27 games to start the season, including a 16-game goalless drought snapped on Thursday against the Flyers. 10
-Goals scored by Alex Tanguay following his third period goal, tying him for the team lead with Robert Lang. 71
-Percentage of faceoffs won by the one-two punch of Robert Lang and Maxim Lapierre, who claimed a combined 25 of 30 draws on the night. 7
-Game-high hits thrown by relentless Steve Begin.
-Ice-time logged by Tom Kostopoulos against the Sabres, oddly the exact ice time he played on Thursday versus the Flyers. 16
-Plus/minus posted by Josh Gorges
over the course of his past 27 games. 14
-Games over the Sabres' last 17 visits to the Bell Centre (since 2003-04) in which the Canadiens have come away with at least one point in the standings. The Habs are 11-3-3 against Buffalo over that stretch. 83
-Percentage of Thomas Vanek's 29 points this season that have come via goals, with the winger having scraped together only five assists to go with his NHL-leading 24 goals. 11
-Years since the Sabres played a game without Lindy Ruff as their head coach, with veteran bench boss boasting the longest-standing tenure in the league, dating back to the 1997-98 season.100
-All-time wins over the Sabres notched by the Canadiens since Buffalo first joined the NHL in 1970-71.Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com