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The Numbers Game - Mar. 1, 2012

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Here’s a numerical look at the game between the Canadiens and the Wild at the Bell Centre on Thursday night.

5 – Number of games played by Brad Staubitz against the Wild in his career, including the first against his former team since being claimed off waivers from Minnesota by Montreal on Feb. 28.

347 – Number of days since the two teams last faced off against each other, an 8-1 Habs win over the Wild in Minnesota that featured a first-career hat trick by P.K. Subban.

32 – Number of years since a member of the Geoffrion family last set foot on NHL ice in Montreal, namely Blake Geoffrion’s father Dan who played for the Habs during the 1979-80 season.

1,500 – Number of NHL games officiated by veteran linesman Pierre Champoux, who took part in his first game in Quebec City on Oct. 8, 1988.

10 – Number of seconds needed by Ryan White and Stephane Veilleux to square off for the game’s first fight, dropping the gloves immediately following the opening faceoff.

31 – Combined number of penalty minutes racked up by White and Veilleux in the first period alone, including two minors for slashing, three fighting majors, a minor for instigating a fight and a 10-minute misconduct penalty.

203 – Number of hits dished out by Alexei Emelin so far in his inaugural campaign, second among all NHL defensemen and first among all NHL rookies in that category thanks to a seven-hit night on Thursday.

50 – Team-leading number of points accumulated by David Desharnais so far this season, thanks in part to his one goal, two assist effort against the Wild.

29 – Number of Habs games this year that have been decided by a single goal.

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