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The Numbers Game: Oct. 18, 2008

Saturday, 18.10.2008 / 9:44 PM / News
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The Numbers Game: Oct. 18, 2008
MONTREAL - Here’s a numerical look at the Canadiens-Coyotes showdown on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

5-Times the Canadiens have opened the scoring this season, with the Habs having drawn first blood in each of their five games to date.

624-Weeks since the Coyotes last defeated the Habs in Montreal, dating back to October 28, 1996, when 10 players in uniform on Saturday night had yet to even celebrate their 10th birthday.

10-Consecutive wins notched by the Canadiens over the Coyotes, dating back to December 14, 1998.

7-First period goal advantage enjoyed by the Canadiens so far this season, with the Habs having outgunned the opposition 8-1 in the opening frame, including their 2-0 cushion over the Coyotes after 20 minutes.

300-Career NHL games played by Mike Komisarek, who celebrated the occasion on Saturday night by doing what else but dish out a game-high seven hits.

7-Shifts played by Andrei Kostitsyn before the leaving the leaving the game in the second period following a vicious hit by Kurt Sauer.

56-Games played for the Coyotes by Georges Laraque, who suited up for Phoenix to start the 2006-07 season before being dealt to the Penguins just prior to the trading deadline that year.

0-Amount of affection Laraque has for his former team.

9-Penalty minutes racked up by Laraque, who dropped the gloves with Todd Fedoruk in the second period.

Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com