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The Numbers Game: March 19, 2016

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

KANATA - Here's a numerical look at Saturday night's game against the Senators in Ottawa.

16 – Saturday night’s contest against the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre marked the start of the Canadiens’ 16th and final back-to-back set of games during the regular season. Following the tilt, Michel Therrien’s troops will return to Montreal where they’ll battle the Calgary Flames on Sunday night at the Bell Centre.

918 – Number of games defenseman Andrei Markov has suited up for with the Canadiens over the course of his NHL career, including Saturday night’s game in Ottawa. By donning the CH against the Senators, the Russian rearguard took sole possession of ninth place on the Canadiens’ all-time games played list, surpassing Serge Savard.

30 – Number of shots the Canadiens and Senators combined to generate during a wide-open first period on Saturday night. Dave Cameron’s squad fired 17 shots in Ben Scrivens’ direction and scored once, while the Canadiens tested Senators netminder Andrew Hammond 13 times, but failed to light the lamp.

2 – Number of times Mike Brown and Senators tough guy Chris Neil have gone toe-to-toe over the course of their respective NHL careers, with their latest bout coming late in the first period on Saturday night. Their last scrap came back on October 9, 2010 when Brown was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

8 – Number of games it took Mike Brown to find himself atop the Canadiens’ fight card list – alongside Nathan Beaulieu – with three fights so far this season for the bleu-blanc-rouge. You’ll recall that Brown joined the Canadiens at the trade deadline back on February 29 after being claimed off waivers from the San Jose Sharks.

15 – Number of different Canadiens players who registered at least one shot on goal on Saturday night. Stefan Matteau, Torrey Mitchell and Greg Pateryn were the only players who didn’t manage to challenge Hammond at the other end of the ice.

2 – Number of Canadiens players who didn't manage to dish out a hit on Saturday night in Ottawa, as Michel Therrien's troops tried to play a physical game against their Atlantic Division rivals. Only Lars Eller and Victor Bartley didn't put up a number in the hit department, while Mike Brown led the way with five hits of his own.

- canadiens.com

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