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The Numbers Game - October 9, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

WASHINGTON - Here's a numerical look at Thursday's game between the Canadiens and the Capitals in Washington.

1 – Number of times in Capitals franchise history that Washington has battled the Canadiens in its opening game of the season, as Michel Therrien’s troops paid a visit to the Verizon Center on Thursday night. The game also marked the 40th anniversary of the Washington’s first-ever game against the New York Rangers on October 9th, 1974.

2 – Number of Canadiens players making their 2014-15 regular season debuts on Thursday night against the Capitals, including goaltender Dustin Tokarski and left-winger Travis Moen. The game marked Tokarski’s second career outing against Washington, while Moen kicked off his 11th season in the NHL.

15 – Number of back-to-back series the Canadiens will have remaining on their schedule during the 2014-15 campaign after Thursday night’s tilt in Washington. The Habs will next play two games in as many nights when they head out to Western Canada at the end of the month, battling the Oilers in Edmonton on October 27th before traveling to Calgary for a game on October 28th.

15 – Number of seasons newly appointed Capitals head coach Barry Trotz served behind the Nashville Predators’ bench before making the move to the District of Columbia during the offseason. Trotz, who made his Capitals debut on Thursday night, was previously the longest tenured coach in the NHL and the only coach in Predators franchise history.

17:36 – Time that elapsed in the first period before the Canadiens finally managed to generate a shot on Capitals netminder Braden Holtby. Lars Eller picked up the shot on goal, while the Capitals had already amassed 14 shots on Dustin Tokarski.

71 – Number of different opponents against whom Brandon Prust has dropped the gloves over the course of his NHL career, adding rookie Liam O’Brien to that list on Thursday night during a second-period tussle.

5 – Number of times Brandon Prust registered a game with five hits or more in 2013-14. The London, ON native was up to his usual tricks on Thursday night, dishing out five hits against the Capitals.

123 – Number of goals Tomas Plekanec is on pace for in 2014-15 after the Czech forward lit the lamp in the third period on Thursday night with his third goal of the season.

- canadiens.com

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