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The Numbers Game: February 14, 2015

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – Here's a numerical look at the game between the Habs and Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

726 – Number of times the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs have battled it out over the years, including Saturday night’s tilt in Montreal. The Canadiens boasted a 344-285-88-8 record entering the game against their Original Six rivals, which was good for 784 points.

400 – Number of consecutive regular season sold out home games the Canadiens have contested, including Saturday night’s contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre. The last non-sell out game in Montreal was played on January 8, 2004 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

5 – Number of consecutive games Manny Malhotra and Mike Weaver both sat out as healthy scratches before returning to the Canadiens’ lineup on Saturday night. The Ontario natives hadn’t seen game action since February 1 against the Arizona Coyotes in Montreal.

50-23-5-5 – The Canadiens’ all-time regular season record against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturdays in Montreal dating back to their first meeting on this particular day of the week on December 29, 1917. The Habs have also outscored their opponents from down the 401 by a margin of 333-235 during those contests.

11 – Number of fights tough guy Brandon Prust has racked up during the 2014-15 campaign, adding to that tally with a first-period scrap against Leafs forward David Clarkson. It was the second time that pair had ever gone toe-to-toe. Prust leads the Canadiens in the fight department, nine scraps clear of both Nathan Beaulieu and Dale Weise.

30 – Number of points Brendan Gallagher has registered during the 2014-15 campaign, reaching the 30-point plateau for the second time in his career with his 13th goal of the season in the first period on Saturday night. Gallagher’s goal, a power play tally, tied the score at one just 41 seconds after Daniel Winnik opened the scoring for Toronto.

17 – Number of penalty minutes Nathan Beaulieu amassed during the first period alone on Saturday night, all of which stemmed from a single scrap the young rearguard was involved in late in the opening frame. Beaulieu came to the defense of veteran Sergei Gonchar, dropping the gloves with David Clarkson. He received a fighting major (5 minutes), an instigator penalty (2 minutes) and 10-minute misconduct on the play.

0 – Number of road victories the Maple Leafs have registered in 2015, with the latest loss coming on Saturday night in Montreal. Peter Horachek’s contingent is 0-12-1 away from the friendly confines of the Air Canada Centre since a 4-3 shootout win over the Bruins in Boston on December 31.

20 – Number of wins the Canadiens have secured on home ice during the 2014-15 campaign, becoming the fifth team in the NHL to accomplish that feat thus far this year.


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