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The Numbers Game - March 12, 2012

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BUFFALO -- Here’s a numerical look at the game between the Canadiens and the Sabres at First Niagara Center on Monday night.

8,076 – Number of kilometers the Canadiens have covered in the past eight days, making stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Buffalo along the way.

4 – Number of days since Peter Budaj last started a game for the Canadiens, marking the shortest stretch between starts for the backup netminder since signing in Montreal this July.

Erik Cole's 26th goal of the season

20 – Consecutive number of opposing power plays now snuffed out by the Sabres’ penalty kill unit, including both Canadiens power plays on Monday night.

58.6 – Percentage of games featuring Alexei Emelin that have ended with the Russian blue-liner finishing with at least four hits, throwing four hits again on Monday night.

2 – Number of shifts needed by David Desharnais to make his way onto the scoresheet after missing his first game of the season on Saturday night, setting the table for Erik Cole’s opening marker against Buffalo.

6 – Consecutive number of games in which Max Pacioretty has recorded at least a point, tied for the longest such streak of his career previously set last month; the 23-year-old power forward has racked up five goals and six assists in the current six-game streak.

10 – Number of NHL teams currently boasting three or more 50-point scorers, after Cole joined teammates Desharnais and Max Pacioretty in the 50-point club with his 26th goal of the season in the first period on Monday.

5 – Number of games, out of a possible 11, that Budaj has faced more than 30 shots in a game, kicking aside 33 of the 36 shots fired his way on Monday night.

6 – Consecutive number of games at First Niagara Center in which the Habs have earned at least one point in the standings, recording a 3-0-3 record in that span.

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