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The Numbers Game: January 9, 2016

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – Here's a numerical look at Saturday night's game against the Penguins at the Bell Centre.

69-18-10-3 – The Canadiens’ all-time record against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Montreal entering Saturday night’s tilt at the Bell Centre. The contest marked the first time during the 2015-16 campaign that the two teams had met in La Belle Province.

12 – Number of stops Mike Condon registered during the first period alone on Saturday night, as the Canadiens were outshot by a 12-5 margin to begin their final meeting of the regular season against the Penguins. Several stops were of the highlight variety, including point-blank saves on snipers Evgeni Malkin and David Perron.

33 – Number of consecutive games in which P.K. Subban was held off the scoresheet before lighting the lamp during the second period on Saturday night. Subban’s second goal of the season – which tied the score 1-1 – was his first since Oct. 24 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

– Number of points Andrei Markov has registered against the Penguins over the course of his career (8 G – 22 A), tops among all players on the Canadiens’ current roster. The Russian rearguard added to that tally by picking up an assist on Subban’s marker at the 10:39 mark of the middle frame.

11 – Number of consecutive seasons in which Markov has registered at least 20 assists in a single campaign, accomplishing that feat once again on Saturday night. After failing to reach the 20-assist plateau during his first two years in the league, the 37-year-old defenseman has hit that mark every year dating back to 2002-03.

4 – Number of points Tomas Plekanec has amassed in his last four games, adding to that tally by picking up the secondary assist on Subban’s marker. All of those points have come by way of helpers, as Plekanec ranks second on the Canadiens with 24 assists on the year.

16 – Number of Canadiens players who managed to generate at least one shot on goal on Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury on Saturday night. Only Torrey Mitchell and Greg Pateryn didn't put up a number in that department.


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