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The Numbers Game - Oct. 4, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Here’s a numerical look at the Canadiens' 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

4-Canadiens alumni currently employed by the Wild, including head coach Jacques Lemaire, assistant coach Mario Tremblay, general manager Doug Risebrough, and Amateur scouting coordinator Guy Lapointe.

82-Pecentage of faceoffs won by Tomas Plekanec, who led all Habs centerman after claiming nine of his 11 draws against the Wild on the night.

4-Game-high shots blocked by both Mike Komisarek and Patrice Brisebois.

1-Draft pick rank separating the Wild’s Benoit Pouliot and Carey Price, with Minnesota having chosen the big centerman fourth overall at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, one spot ahead of Price, who was nabbed at No. 5 by Montreal.

0-Losses suffered by Price this preseason prior to Saturday’s loss to the Wild.

5-Team-leading hits thrown by Steve Begin in his return to the Canadiens lineup after sitting out four games due to injury.

0-Time remaining in regulation when Begin dropped the gloves with Erik Reitz of the Wild.

7-Preseason games played by Josh Gorges, Tomas Plekanec, Yannick Weber to lead the team, with the quartet of Canadiens having suited up for all but two preseason games.

0-Preseason games played by Georges Laraque, who vows to be good to go when the Canadiens travel to Buffalo to open the regular season against the Sabres on Friday night.

Manny Almela is a writer for

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