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The Numbers Game - Dec. 21, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CHICAGO – Here’s a numerical look at the game between the Canadiens and the Blackhawks at the Uniter Center on Wednesday night.

1 – Number of start made by Peter Budaj in December, with Carey Price manning the crease for the first Canadiens’ nine games of the month.

9 – Number of years that have elapsed since the Habs last win in Chicago, with the Canadiens taking the game 3-2 back on February 27, 2002.

154 – Number of combined games missed by players currently separating the Canadiens and the Blackhawks this season. The Montreal squad’s total has now reached 179 with absences from Scott Gomez, Andrei Markov, Ryan White, Brian Gionta compared to Chicago’s 25 games missed in 35 match-ups.

111 – Number of combined games played by Canadiens skaters in a Blackhawks uniform with Michael Blunden (10), Travis Moen (82) and Chris Campoli (19) all having laced up for the Windy City team at one time in their careers.

20 – Number of times since the beginning of his career that Michael Cammalleri has gone up against the Blackhawks – tops among all players on the Habs’ Wednesday night roster.

10 – Number of Canadiens skaters that have never recorded a point in their career against Chicago.

2 – Number of players to remedy the aforementioned situation with Tomas Plekanec and Raphael Diaz both nabbing points Wednesday night.

60 – Percentage of Peter Budaj’s starts in a Canadiens’ uniform that have come against Western Conference teams, with the Habs taking advantage of his six years in Colorado by pitting him against familiar foes, the Ducks, Predators and Blackhawks.

-canadiens.com.

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