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The Numbers Game - Jan. 11, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
NEW YORK - Here's a numerical look at the Canadiens-Rangers matchup on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

0.97 – Alex Auld’s lifetime GAA when facing the Rangers, going into Tuesday’s matchup. The Habs’ backup has a 3-0-2 career record against the New York squad to go along with a sparking save percentage of .966.

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2 – Number of Alaskans playing in Tuesday’s Canadiens/Rangers game with both Habs’ center Scott Gomez and Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky hailing from Anchorage.

15 – Number of times over the course of their last 18 games that the Canadiens have failed to lead the game by the end of the first 20 minutes. The Habs hit the locker room after the first period of Tuesday night’s game trailing the Rangers by one.

28 – Number of games that have gone by since the last time that Jaroslav Spacek found the back of the net. The Habs’ Czech defenseman put an end to that streak by notching the tying goal for the Canadiens at the end of the second period.

7 – Number of points racked up by Habs’ newcomer James Wisniewski in his six games with the club, scoring twice and adding another five helpers including one on Benoit Pouliot’s Tuesday night goal.

4 – Number of checks laid down by Max Pacioretty, leading his team in that department against the Rangers.

77 – Percentage of face-offs won by Scott Gomez against his former team, with the Anchorage native going 10 for 13.

5 – Number of consecutive games played by the Canadiens that have been decided by a single goal.


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