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The Numbers Game - January 15, 2015

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

OTTAWA - Here's a numerical look at Thursday's game between the Canadiens and the Senators in Ottawa.

1 – Number of career regular season starts Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski has made against the Ottawa Senators, donning the pads for the first time versus Dave Cameron’s contingent on Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. It was Tokarski’s eighth start of the 2014-15 campaign. He previously saw action on December 30 in Sunrise, FL, pacing Michel Therrien’s troops to a 2-1 shootout win over the Florida Panthers.

300 – Number of career games forward David Desharnais has played with the Canadiens, including Thursday night’s contest against the Ottawa Senators. The 28-year-old made his NHL debut with Montreal back in 2009-10, registering a career-high 16 goals, 44 assists and 60 points during the 2011-12 campaign. He then hit the 16-goal mark again last season while posting a career-high plus-11 differential.

18 – Number of shots Dustin Tokarski turned aside during the opening period on Thursday night in Ottawa, conceding just two goals on 20 shots as the Senators peppered the Canadiens netminder with one shot after another. Tokarski made several highlight-reel stops to keep his squad within striking distance as the Habs headed to the dressing room down 2-1 through 20 minutes of play.

6 – Number of consecutive games in which Max Pacioretty has found the back of net, keeping that goal-scoring streak alive with a tally during the first period on Thursday night. The New Canaan, CT, who now leads the Canadiens with 21 goals in 2014-15, became the first Habs player with a six-game goal streak since Denis Savard accomplished the feat between February 7 and March 1, 1991.

280 – Number of career NHL assists Tomas Plekanec has amassed over the course of his NHL career, adding to that tally on Thursday night with a helper on Max Pacioretty’s marker in the opening frame. With that assist, Plekanec moved into a tie for 29th spot on the Canadiens’ all-time assist list with Bert Olmstead. Next up for Plekanec is veteran rearguard, Patrice Brisebois, who collected 284 assists while donning a Canadiens uniform.

17 – Number of points Max Pacioretty has registered against the Ottawa Senators over the course of his NHL career, the third-most points he’s amassed against any club since making his NHL debut back in 2008-09. Pacioretty has seven goals and 10 assists in 24 career regular season games against Ottawa. The only other teams he’s generated more points against are the Boston Bruins (20) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (18).

17 – Number of times Max Pacioretty has logged more than 20 minutes of ice time in a single tilt during the 2014-15 campaign, including Thursday night’s game against Ottawa. Pacioretty has been the Canadiens’ most utilized forward this season, averaging 19:15 of ice time per game. Tomas Plekanec sits second in that category, averaging 18:44 of ice time per outing.


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