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The Numbers Game: October 15, 2015

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – Here's a numerical look at Thursday night's game between the Canadiens and the New York Rangers.


5 – Number of consecutive games in which head coach Michel Therrien has elected to feature the same lineup – up front and on the back end – against the Canadiens’ opposition, including Thursday night’s tilt against the New York Rangers. That means that Paul Byron, Greg Pateryn and Jarred Tinordi all took in the game from the press box.

9 – Number of Canadiens players in uniform on Thursday night who were taking part in their first-ever regular season home opener at the Bell Centre as members of the CH, including Alexander Semin, Tomas Fleischmann, Torrey Mitchell, Devante Smith-Pelly, Brian Flynn, Dale Weise, Jeff Petry, Nathan Beaulieu, and Mike Condon.

744 – Number of days that have elapsed since the Canadiens last contested a home opener with a captain in the fold, as Max Pacioretty sported the “C” on his chest on Thursday night. That hadn’t happened since former captain Brian Gionta took to the ice on October 1, 2013 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the Canadiens elected to go with four alternate captains during the 2014-15 campaign.

24 – Rank Tomas Plekanec now occupies on the Canadiens’ all-time games played list alongside Bernard “Boom Boom” Geoffrion after suiting up for his 766th career game on Thursday night. The veteran centerman is in the midst of his 11th full-time NHL campaign, all with the CH.

6 – Number of minor penalties that were handed out during the opening frame on Thursday night as both teams were responsible for committing infractions early in the game. The Canadiens and Rangers were each penalized three times in a scoreless first period.

5 – Number of goals Tomas Fleischmann has scored against the New York Rangers over the course of his career, adding to that tally by lighting the lamp for the game’s opening goal during the second period on Thursday night. It was his second goal in as many games for the Canadiens.

5 – Number of saves Carey Price made while the Canadiens were down two men in the latter stages of the second period on Thursday night. The Habs’ starter made one stop after another to preserve the Canadiens’ one-goal advantage at the time.

5 – Number of hits Lars Eller dished out during Thursday night’s tilt against the Rangers, a season-high for the Dane through five games this year. Eller led the Canadiens in that department over the course of the evening.

58 – Percentage of draws won by Alex Galchenyuk on Thursday night, pacing the Canadiens in that category all night long. Galchenyuk bested Rangers centermen 11 out of 19 times.

14 – Number of Canadiens players who registered at least one shot on goal on Thursday night, as Michel Therrien’s troops finished the tilt having tested Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist 31 times.

1 – Number of times in franchise history that the Canadiens have managed to win the first five games of the regular season campaign, accomplishing that feat by securing a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

7 – Number of shutouts Carey Price has registered against the Rangers over the course of his NHL career, adding to that tally on Thursday night. Price has blanked the Blueshirts more times than any other team in the league.

- canadiens.com

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