MONTREAL – Here's a numerical look at Thursday night's game between the Canadiens and the Coyotes.
28-5-2-0 – The Canadiens’ all-time record on home ice against the Arizona/Winnipeg franchises dating back to the first meeting between the two teams in Montreal on November 22, 1979. That night, the CH posted a 7-0 victory over the Jets. Winnipeg relocated to the Valley of the Sun after the 1995-96 season.
4 – Number of Stanley Cup titles Hall-of-Famer Bert Olmstead claimed as a member of the Canadiens over the course of an eight-year career in Montreal. Olmstead, who passed away on Monday in Alberta at age 89, was honored prior to puck drop at the Bell Centre on Thursday night. He also claimed a fifth Stanley Cup title as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
11 – Number of Canadiens players who generated at least one shot on goal during the opening 20 minutes of play on Thursday night, as Michel Therrien’s troops outshot Arizona by a 13-5 margin early in the tilt. Coyotes netminder Mike Smith turned aside every single one of them, though, as Arizona skated to the dressing room with a 2-0 lead.
6 – Number of seasons in which Max Pacioretty has hit the double-digit mark in goals in a given year, reaching that mark once again on Thursday night by scoring his 10th goal of the year. You’ll recall that the Canadiens’ captain scored a career-high 39 goals during the 2013-14 campaign, before lighting the lamp 37 times last season.
5 – Number of times over the course of his NHL career in which Max Pacioretty has strung together a sequence of at least six straight games with at least one point, upping his current streak to six games by beating Mike Smith with a back-hander during the second period.
34 – Number of games Brendan Gallagher needed in 2014-15 to amass 18 points. It took him just 20 games to do the same thing this year after picking up an assist on Pacioretty’s goal in the middle frame.
15 – Number of times over the course of his NHL career that Paul Byron has registered at least four hits in a single game, accomplishing that feat once again on Thursday night by dishing out four hits against the Coyotes.
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