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The Numbers Game - January 14, 2015

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

COLUMBUS - Here's a numerical look at Wednesday's game between the Canadiens and Blue Jackets in Columbus.

23 – Number of players who hail from the state of Ohio who’ve participated in at least NHL game. Former Canadiens Bryan Smolinski and Pat Jablonski are among that group, which also includes offensive defenseman Dave Ellett, who played 1,129 NHL games, suiting up primarily with the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

3 – Number of games Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau missed with an upper-body injury before returning to the Canadiens’ lineup on Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The 31-year-old had been sidelined since suffering the injury back on January 2 in a tilt against the New Jersey Devils.

5 – Number of players selected to participate in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game festivities in Columbus taking part in Wednesday night’s contest in the Buckeye State. While the Canadiens will be represented by Carey Price and Jiri Sekac, the hometown Blue Jackets will have Nick Foligno, Ryan Johansen and Sergei Bobrovsky in action during the weekend of January 24 and 25.

– Rank Manny Malhotra occupies on the Blue Jackets’ all-time points list with 53 goals and 145 points in 344 games with the Ohio-based franchise between 2003 and 2009. The Mississauga, ON native enjoyed his best season in Columbus during the 2008-09 campaign, registering a career-high 35 points in 77 games before departing for a one-year stint in San Jose the following year.

11 – Number of games the Canadiens have played in the state of Ohio since November 24, 1976. The Habs played tremendous hockey during the 1970’s in the mid-western state, thrashing the Cleveland Barons on three occasions with at least seven goals or more. The Canadiens have gone up against the Blue Jackets six times since the 2001-02 campaign, including Wednesday night’s tilt in Columbus. They boast a favorable record of seven wins, two losses and one overtime defeat against Ohio-based squads in team history.

87 – Faceoff percentage amassed by Tomas Plekanec through 40 minutes of play on Wednesday night in Columbus as the veteran pivot won 13 of the 15 draws he took after two periods, tops among players on both teams at the completion of the second frame.

18 – Number of shots the newly formed line of Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher combined to generate against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. Plekanec led the trio with six of those shots, while also chipping in with a pair of hits.

5 – Number of consecutive games in which Max Pacioretty has found the back of the net, keeping that streak alive with a power play goal in the third period on Wednesday night to cut the Blue Jackets' lead to 2-1. It was his 19th goal of the season.

1 – Number of times during the 2014-15 campaign that Michel Therrien's troops have scored at least two power play goals in a single tilt, making that happen on Wednesday night in Columbus.


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