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The Numbers Game: March 20, 2016

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Sunday night's game against the Flames in Montreal.

14 – The number of months that elapsed after signing his first professional contract before defenseman Joel Hanley made his NHL debut on Sunday night at the Bell Centre.

13 – The number of different defensemen that have suited up for at least one game with the Canadiens this season, as newcomer Joel Hanley added his name to a list including PK Subban, Andrei Markov, Jeff Petry, Alexei Emelin, Nathan Beaulieu, Tom Gilbert, Greg Pateryn Jarred Tinordi, Mark Barberio, Victor Bartley, Morgan Ellis and Darren Dietz.

16 – The number of times the Canadiens played a series of back-to-back games this season, as Sunday night’s contest marks the final time the Habs were scheduled to play on consecutive days this campaign, culminating in a 12-17-3.

423 – As in 423 games of additional NHL experience that Andrei Markov has over the rest of the Habs defense core combined, as the veteran blue-liner’s 919 career games played heading into Sunday night’s contest is a whopping 423 more than the 496 combined games played by Darren Dietz, Alexei Emelin, Nathan Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn, and Joel Hanley.

432 – The number of days that elapsed since Flames netminder Nicklas Backstrom last started an NHL game, as the 38-year-old returned to the blue paint for the first time since January 13, 2015, a span of 432 days.

 8 – The number of hits dished out by Greg Pateryn on Sunday night as the Habs physical defenseman increased his season total to 81 hits in just 28 games played thus far this season, which is good for 7th on the team in that regard.

14 – The number of games it took Michael McCarron to score his first career NHL goal, as the former first-round pick lit the lamp for the first time in his young career beating Niklas Backstrom with a deflection in the slot to bring the Bell Centre to its feet.


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