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The Numbers Game - Jan. 20, 2012

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

PITTSBURGH – Here’s a numerical look at the game between the Canadiens and the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center on Friday night.

8 – Number of shots allowed by the Canadiens off the sticks of James Neal and Evgeni Malkin, who are currently sitting first and second, respectively, in the NHL in that category this season.

3 – Number of times Raphael Diaz has not been in the lineup for the Habs this season. The Swiss blue-liner was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career on Friday after missing back-to-back games on December 15 and 17 with an injury.

1 – Number of times so far this season that the Habs have opened the scoring in the first minute of play. Lars Eller did exactly that, fooling Marc-Andre Fleury just 34 seconds after the opening puck drop.

21:53 – Ice time enjoyed by Chris Campoli in his first game back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the previous two games, including a team-high 7:37 in the first period alone.

3 – Number of times Max Pacioretty has dropped the gloves so far in his NHL career, two of which have come this season, including his first period scrap with Chris Kunitz in the first period.

15 – Number of Habs power play opportunities snuffed out by opposing penalty killers over the past 10 periods before Andrei Kostitsyn snapped one home with the man advantage in the second period in Pittsburgh.

8 – Number of assists registered by Budaj so far in his NHL career, getting in on the offense on Friday night with an assist on Pacioretty’s second-period goal.

10 – Number of multi-point nights enjoyed by Erik Cole since signing with the Canadiens on July 1, including a two-point effort against the Pens on Friday night.

18 – Number of times in 30 career starts against the Canadiens that Pens netminder Marc-Andre Fleury has finished the night with a save percentage below .900, including Friday’s .862 performance.

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