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The Numbers Game - January 31, 2015

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Saturday's game between the Canadiens and the Capitals at the Bell Centre.

24 – Number of times the Canadiens have participated in the playing of the Super Bowl two-game weekend, including the 2015 edition which features matchups against the Washington Capitals and the Arizona Coyotes. Since the 1990-91 campaign, Michel Therrien’s troops boast a record of 24-17-4-1 (.576) on one of the biggest sports weekends of the calendar year.

1 – Number of times the Canadiens have played back-to-back games on home ice during the 2014-15 campaign, with Saturday afternoon’s tilt against the Washington Capitals marking the start of their first back-to-back set at the Bell Centre after being forced to make travel arrangements for the 10 previous sets they’ve already played this season. 

416 – Number of points defenseman Sergei Gonchar amassed in 654 career regular season games as a member of the Washington Capitals between 1994 and 2004. Gonchar, who was Washington's 1st round selection, 14th overall, back in 1992, scored 144 goals and added 272 assists during his tenure of 10 seasons in the District of Columbia.

17 – Number of saves Carey Price made in the second period alone on Saturday afternoon, showcasing outstanding form particularly while the Canadiens found themselves in short-handed situations, including down two men at one point during the frame.

6 – Number of hits defenseman P.K. Subban distributed against the Capitals on Saturday afternoon, a season-high for the Norris Trophy-winning rearguard who previously dished out five hits on December 5 against the Blackhawks in Chicago.

6 – Number of shots Canadiens forward Christian Thomas amassed on Saturday afternoon against the Capitals, a new career-high for the 22-year-old Toronto native. Thomas, who now has nine career NHL regular season games under his belt, has played six games with the Canadiens this season.

2– Number of goals the Canadiens and the Capitals have combined to score in regulation time during their two meetings thus far in 2014-15. After the Canadiens downed the Capitals 2-1 in a shootout on October 9, the Bell Centre faithful was privy to a goaltending duel that ended 1-0 in extra time in favour of Montreal.

5 – With his 29th career shutout, Carey Price joined Patrick Roy for 5th spot on the Canadiens' all-time shutout list.

200 – P.K. Subban registered his 200th career point by picking up an assist on Max Pacioretty's goal.


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