NEW YORK - Here's a numerical look at the Habs-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
158 – Number of days since the last home game for the New York Rangers. Since their home, the Madison Square Garden, had been under renovation, the Rangers played the first nine games of their season on the road.
7 – Number of Habs players with more than one goal this season. Eller, Plekanec and Gallagher are tied for the team lead with five goals each. Meanwhile, only two Rangers player has managed to light the lamp more than once. Brad Richards has five goals in nine games while the injured Ryan Callahan has three.
743 – Number of players who have made at least one apperance for the Canadiens since the team’s birth in 1909. The latest name on the list is that of Douglas Murray, who is in the lineup after missing the first 11 games of the season with an upper-body injury.
45 – Number of years since the Habs first took on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. On February 21st 1968, the Canadiens came to New York and left with two points thanks to a 7-2 victory.
10:18 – Andrei Markov’s icetime during the first period, higher than any other player participating in the game.
10 – Number of careers goals scored by Tomas Plekanec against the Rangers. The centerman cut in alone and beat Lundqvist on a second period powerplay. He has scored in the double digits against seven other NHL teams.
6 – Points in the last six games for Michael Bournival. The rookie made a fine passing play to spring Plekanec on his goal to put the Habs up by one after two periods.
5 – Number of hits made by centerman Lars Eller during the match. The Dane leads all Habs players in that category this season.
5 – Number of shots blocked by Josh Gorges during the game. The shot-blocking specialist is perennially ranked in the top-five league wide in the statistical category, and has 37 blocks to his credit so far this season.
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