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The Numbers Game - November 23, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

NEW YORK - Here's a numerical look at Sunday's game between the Canadiens and the Rangers in New York.

5 – Number of times so far this year that the Canadiens have played two games in as many nights, completing the tail end of their fifth back-to-back series of the campaign with a Sunday night tilt against the Rangers.
178 – Number of days since Dustin Tokarski last started a game at Madison Square Garden, returning to New York on Sunday for the first time since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final against the Rangers, on May 29, 2014.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Marc Staal #18 and Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers fight for the puck with David Desharnais #51 of the Montreal Canadiens in the first period at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

6 – Consecutive number of periods in which the Canadiens have been unable to score at MSG, dating back to a 1-0 loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals last May.
2 – Number of times Manny Malhotra has seen the inside of the penalty box so far this season, earning just his second penalty of the year on Sunday almost exactly one month after taking his first penalty – also against the Rangers – on October 25.

2 – Number of times – in six starts this year – that Tokarski has allowed three goals in a game, with the only other three-goal outing coming when he came in to replace Carey Price against the Lightning on October 13. 

5 – Number of hits dished out by Alexei Emelin in the outing, giving the Russian blue-liner 66 on the season to lead the Canadiens in that category.

1 – Rank still occupied by the Canadiens in the NHL standings despite the setback in New York, now owning a 16-6-1 record in 2014-15.


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