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The Numbers Game - November 20, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Thursday's game between the Canadiens and the Blues at the Bell Centre.

700 – Number of career NHL games now played by Tomas Plekanec, as the Czech centerman hit the milestone Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Drafted by the Habs 71st overall in 2001, Plekanec has spent his entire career in Montreal.

3,899 – Days it took for Marc Bergevin to be reunited with former teammate Bryan Allen, as the Habs GM orchestrated a trade just two hours before puck drop which sent forward Rene Bourque to Anaheim in exchange for the veteran blue liner. Bergevin and Allen last shared the ice together with the Vancouver Canucks in a March 18, 2004 loss to the Dallas Stars.

7 – Number of games Lars Eller played with the St. Louis Blues -- who drafted the Danish winger 13th overall in 2007 -- before being traded to the Canadiens during the 2010 offseason. Thursday’s game was just Eller’s fifth against his former team since arriving in Montreal.

47 – Number of points registered by Maxim Lapierre – now playing with the Blues – in 152 games with the Habs between 2005 and 2010.

1.89 – Average number of goals allowed per game this season by the Blues, heading into Thursday’s action. The only team with an average below 2.0, the Blues’ stingy defense currently sits first league-wide in that category. Despite the impressive stat however, the Habs nevertheless managed to light the lamp on four occasions against Ken Hitchcock’s squad.

52 – Percentage of Blues goals scored by the Vladimir Tarasenko line, which had combined to find the back of the net 25 times this season, before being held to a sole marker against the Habs on Thursday.

55 – Number of career games Manny Malhotra has played against the St. Louis Blues, making him the most experienced Hab in that category opposite the team’s rare visitors.

15 – Age, in years, of Max Pacioretty the last time the Habs beat the Blues at the Bell Centre, dating back to a 5-2 decision on January 13, 2004. Fast-forward one decade and the Canadiens’ assistant captain celebrated his 26th birthday on Thursday with a pair of goals in a 4-1 win over St. Louis, snapping the 10 year streak at home.

1 – Number of teams who have now registered a win this season when allowing a goal to the visiting Blues. Prior to Thursday’s defeat in Montreal, the Blues’ only other road losses came in a trio of shutouts.

21 – Number of games the Habs needed to hit 15 wins this season, contrasted to a year ago when it took the team 27 to hit the same early-season milestone.

9 – Number of days until the Canadiens return home to the Bell Centre, as the team travels to Boston and New York this weekend before enjoying a couple of days off ahead of a home-and-away series with the Sabres next weekend.


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