EDMONTON – Here's a numerical look at Thursday night's game between the Canadiens and the Oilers.
1974 – The year Rexall Place – formerly known as Northlands Coliseum, the Edmonton Coliseum and Skyreach Centre – opened to the public. The second oldest NHL arena behind Madison Square Garden in New York, which opened in 1968, will no longer be the Oilers home after the 2015-16 campaign as the organization relocates to the brand new Rogers Place located in Edmonton’s Ice District. As such, Thursday night marked the Canadiens' final visit to the Oilers' current barn.
295 – Number of games that defenseman Jeff Petry played with the Edmonton Oilers before being dealt to the Canadiens at the trade deadline last season. The Michigan native was going up against his former team for the first time on Thursday night at Rexall Place.
23 – Number of days that have elapsed since forward Paul Byron was claimed off waivers by the Canadiens from the Calgary Flames. Claimed back on October 6, Byron suited up for his first game with the CH on Thursday night in Edmonton.
857 – Number of games Andrei Markov has played as a member of the CH, including Thursday night’s tilt in Edmonton. That ties the Russian rearguard with Tom Johnson for 14th spot on the all-time list with the Canadiens.
2 – Number of goals Brendan Gallagher has scored in three career games in his hometown, adding to that tally by lighting the lamp in front of friends and family on Thursday night at Rexall Place. Gallagher scored a power play goal in the first period that gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.
4 – Number of goals Torrey Mitchell has scored in his last five games, adding to his goal haul by capping a stellar individual effort with his fifth marker of the season. Mitchell stripped the puck from Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom and beat netminder Cam Talbot late in the first period on Thursday night.
1 – Number of times the Canadiens have scored three goals during the opening frame over the course of the 2015-16 campaign, accomplishing that feat for the first time on Thursday night at Rexall Place. Michel Therrien’s troops skated to the dressing room with a 3-0 advantage through 20 minutes of play.SEE ALSO
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