CHICAGO - Here's a numerical look at Wednesday's exhibition game between the Canadiens and the Blackhawks in Chicago.
– Number of wins registered by the Canadiens against the Blackhawks in Chicago in NHL history, maintaining a 125-96-55 record all time in the Windy City. The Habs have played just 10 games at the United Center since the building was inaugurated in 1995, owning a 4-5-1 in those regular season contests. 1.49
– Average number of goals allowed by Carey Price per game in the regular season in his career against the ‘Hawks, conceding just six goals in four games against Chicago, the least he’s allowed against any NHL team prior to the start of the 2014-15 season. 6
– Number of hours the Canadiens spent in Chicago on Wednesday, hitting the tarmac at Midway Airport at 5:00 p.m. local time before taking off en route to Montreal six hours later. Cloud Gate, Willis Tower and deep dish pizza will have to wait until the regular season…
202.6 – Average number of games of NHL experience enjoyed by the five Habs skaters in the starting lineup on Wednesday night, including Jiri Sekac who has yet to suit up for his first NHL regular season game.
524.6 – Average number of games of NHL experience enjoyed by the five ‘Hawks skaters in the starting lineup on Wednesday night, including Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp, who have 686, 681 and 677 games under their belts, respectively.
5 – Number of times Blackhawks players faced the wrath of Alexei Emelin in the outing, including both Andrew Shaw and Johnny Oduya, who ended up on the receiving end of the Russian Wrecking Ball’s massive checks.
14 – Number of Canadiens players who threw at least one hit in the preseason tilt, led by Emelin's five and Greg Pateryn’s four body checks on the night.
1 – Number of shots needed by Nathan Beaulieu to slip one past Antti Raanta, taking a perfect feed from Drayson Bowman and depositing it behind the Finnish netminder to give the Habs a two goal lead.
Tough calls coming
Canadiens' young guns in action at the Bell Centre