MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Saturday's game between the Canadiens and Islanders in Montreal.
– Number of points by which the Islanders have improved their season haul so far in comparison to the same 44-game span in 2013-14. With 61 points already in the bank heading into Saturday’s game versus just 37 a year ago, the first place Islanders have been one of the NHL’s surprises this season.3
– Number of times Brandon Prust and Matt Martin have dropped the gloves opposite one another in their respective careers, squaring off once again early in the first on Saturday.5
– Number of Habs players who have scored at least 10 goals so far this season. P.K. Subban became the latest member of the 10-plus club, joining teammates Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk after blasting a slapshot past Jaroslav Halak on the power play early in the first.58
– Percentage of career goals Subban has now scored with the man advantage, after potting his 30th power play marker on Saturday.10
– Number of Canadiens goals scored this season on which Subban and teammate Andrei Markov have each earned a point. The defensive duo teamed up once again to open the scoring with their one-timer in the first.5
– Number of defensemen in Habs history who have registered at least four 10-goal seasons. Subban joined former Habs rearguards Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, and Patrice Brisebois, as well as current teammate Markov in the select category on Saturday.10
– Number of seconds it took Weise to bury his sixth of the season after the puck dropped to start the second period. 37
– Number of career points Tomas Plekanec has racked up against the Islanders over just 36 games played. The Czech forward had a hand in the Habs’ three first goals on Saturday, helping set up Subban and Weise before making the Isles pay on the power play himself midway through the second, and adding another in the third.15
– Number of games Alex Galchenyuk spent at center most recently before moving back to the wing against the Islanders, netting his 11th of the season to start the third.
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