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The Numbers Game - January 6, 2015

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Tuesday's game between the Canadiens and Lightning in Montreal.

16 – Number of days that elapsed since the Canadiens last played in front of the Bell Centre faithful before Tuesday night's game, with their last appearance on home ice dating back to December 20 – a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. The Habs went on to play five straight road games after that, winning each and every one of them to enter the game against Tampa Bay on a six-game winning streak.

- 26 °C – The temperature it felt like outside with the wind chill in Montreal on Tuesday. That’s the coldest it’s ever been when the Canadiens have battled the Lightning on a Tuesday night in Montreal. The previous record low temperature was -20 degrees Celsius back on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 when the Habs downed the Lightning 3-2. Interestingly enough, it was a perfect 22 degrees Celsius on Tuesday in Tampa Bay.

9 – Number of teams against whom Canadiens netminder Carey Price has recorded at least 10 victories over the course of his NHL career, including the Tampa Bay Lightning. Price has also posted double-digit victories over the Winnipeg Jets, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Ottawa Senators and the Philadelphia Flyers.

600 – Number of career games Lightning centerman Valtteri Filppula has played in the NHL, including Tuesday night’s tilt against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The Finnish forward, who was drafted 95th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 2002, won the Stanley Cup in the Motor City in 2008. He spent eight years in the Red Wings organization before signing a five-year contract with Tampa Bay in July 2013.

5 – Number of goals Dale Weise has scored thus far during the 2014-15 campaign, establishing a new single-season high with one team during the first period on Tuesday night. Weise scored six goals as a member of both the Canadiens and the Canucks last season, amassing three goals with each club, which remains his career-high in markers in a single year.

72 – Faceoff percentage registered by Canadiens centermen during the opening frame on Tuesday night. The Habs won 13 of the 18 draws they took through 20 minutes of play, dominating their Lightning counterparts in the all-important category and heading to the dressing room with a 1-0 advantage.

10 – Number of consecutive games in which the Canadiens gave up two goals or less in a single tilt before the Lightning lit the lamp four times on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. The streak began back on December 9 in a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Michel Therrien’s troops won nine of the 10 games during that span.

3 – Number of consecutive games in which Max Pacioretty has managed to light the lamp. The  New Canaan, CT native picked up his 17th goal of the season in the third period, beating Ben Bishop with a snapshot that cut the Lightning lead to 4-2.


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