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The Numbers Game - October 8, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

TORONTO - Here's a numerical look at Wednesday's game between the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

106 – Number of seasons in the history of the Canadiens to date, including the 2014-15 campaign which got underway on Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The tilt also marked the start of the Canadiens’ 98th season in the NHL.

4 – Number of players in Michel Therrien’s lineup making their Canadiens debut on Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre, including Tom Gilbert, Manny Malhotra, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Jiri Sekac. In Sekac’s case, it also marked the Czech forward’s first career game in the NHL.

133 – Number of games Jiri Sekac played in the KHL over the last three seasons before making the jump to NHL ranks with the Canadiens over the summer.

16 – Number of season openers the Canadiens and Maple Leafs have contested against each other (1919-2014), including Wednesday night’s tilt in Toronto. Historically, the Maple Leafs have gotten the best of the Habs on opening night, winning 10 of the 15 previous meetings on this particularly special occasion.

14 - Number of seasons defenseman Andrei Markov now boasts in a Canadiens uniform after suiting up for Wednesday night's game in Toronto. The Russian rearguard has donned the CH for all 913 games he's contested in the NHL, regular season and playoff games combined.

4:42 – Time elapsed in the opening frame on Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre before Max Pacioretty scored first goal of the 2014-15 NHL season, capping a stellar solo effort with a shot top-shelf on Maple Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier that gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.

14 - Number of points Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau has amassed over the course of his career against the Maple Leafs, the most he's registered against any NHL team, except for the New York Rangers (15), adding to the tally on Wednesday night by picking up an assist on Max Pacioretty's goal in the first period and another helped on P.K. Subban's goal in the third period.

50 - Percentage of hits registered by the Canadiens in the first period that were dished out courtesy of defenseman Mike Weaver. The Habs' No. 43 gave out four of the eight body checks Michel Therrien's troops threw in the opening frame.

3 – Number of multi-point games Alexei Emelin had amassed before Wednesday night’s tilt in Toronto. The Russian rearguard added to that tally during the Habs’ season-opener by picking up assists on goals by Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec.

9,003 – Number of road goals the Canadiens have amassed in team history. Max Pacioretty lit the lamp for the team’s 9,000th tally in the first period, before Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban added to that total later in the tilt.

- canadiens.com

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