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The Numbers Game - December 20, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Saturday's game between the Canadiens and the Senators in Montreal.

4 – Number of times the Canadiens and the Senators will do battle this season, with Saturday night’s tilt marking the first time the two teams clashed during the 2014-15 campaign. Michel Therrien’s troops won the season series by a 3-2 margin last year, winning the final three meetings between the two clubs.

36 – Number of candles on Andrei Markov’s birthday cake on Saturday as the Canadiens rearguard celebrated the special occasion by going up against the Senators. Markov has spent 14 of those birthdays as a member of the Habs.

16 – Number of wins Carey Price had amassed against the Ottawa Senators entering Saturday night’s contest at the Bell Centre, the second-most regular-season victories that the Anahim Lake, BC native had registered against any other NHL team. Price has bested the Boston Bruins on 20 occasions over the course of his career.

397 – Number of games Carey Price has tended goal for the Canadiens, including Saturday night’s contest against the Senators, tying him for third place all-time among Habs netminders alongside Ken Dryden. Next up for Price is Patrick Roy, who suited up for 551 career games with Montreal.

100 – Number of points Brandon Prust has recorded in his NHL career after the London, ON native scored his third goal of the season on Saturday night, tying the score at one in the first period with a shot that squeaked by Senators netminder Robin Lehner.

5 – Number of points Alex Galchenyuk has registered over the last three games combined, adding an assist to that tally on Saturday night against the Senators. Galchenyuk picked up the primary assist on Brendan Gallagher’s second-period tally that gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead.

14 – Number of Habs who registered at least one shot on goal on Senators netminder Robin Lehner on Saturday night at the Bell Centre, as the Canadiens did their best to make the Swede work. Only Dale Weise, David Desharnais, Tom Gilbert and Nathan Beaulieu didn’t manage to get a shot through to the Ottawa net.

5 – Number of hits Brandon Prust dished out against the Senators, matching a season-high for the Canadiens’ No. 8. Prust, who led all Habs in that category on Saturday night, previously hit that mark back on October 9 in a 2-1 shootout victory in Washington.

14:38 – Ice time logged by Lars Eller in his return to action on Saturday night after missing the Canadiens’ last five games with an upper-body injury. Eller chipped in with two shots on goal and four blocked shots.

17 – Number of days until the Canadiens will contest their next game in the friendly confines of the Bell Centre after wrapping up the home portion of their schedule for the 2014 calendar year on Saturday night. The building will remain busy during the holiday season, however, as the World Junior Hockey Championships roll into town next week.


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