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The Numbers Game - September 28, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Sunday's exhibition game between the Canadiens and the Capitals in Montreal.

35 – Number of players remaining at Canadiens training camp after the team announced that 17 players had been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Eight players were also released, and forward Nikita Scherbak was assigned to the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.

3 – Number of prospects Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien elected to dress on Sunday evening against Washington, including forwards Jiri Sekac and Christian Thomas, and defenseman Jarred Tinordi. The Habs’ bench boss elected to field a lineup consisting primarily of regulars with just four preseason games remaining before the start of the regular season on October 8th in Toronto.

2 – Number of Canadiens players making their 2014-15 preseason debut on Sunday evening against Washington as Lars Eller and Dale Weise laced up the skates for the first time. The pair was sidelined due to injury, missing out on the opportunity to go up against the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche as the Habs kicked off their preseason schedule.

4 – Number of players still at the Canadiens’ training camp that have never played a regular-season NHL game, including forwards Sven Andrighetto, Jacob De La Rose, Jiri Sekac, and defenseman Darren Dietz.

3 – Number of hits and blocked shots defenseman Alexei Emelin racked up during the first period alone on Sunday evening against the Capitals, tops among all players in uniform through 20 minutes of play. The Russian rearguard was also the most-utilized player in uniform during the opening frame, logging 8:44 of ice time.

15 – Number of Canadiens players who chipped in with one or more hits during Sunday’s tilt against the Capitals, with Alexei Emelin leading the way with seven hits of his own.

24 – Number of penalty minutes amassed by defenseman Jarred Tinordi during Sunday’s tilt against the Capitals before being dismissed from the game after laying out defenseman Nate Schmidt with a solid hit to start the third period.


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