The Numbers Game - Jan. 3, 2010
2 – Number of Canadiens players who made their 2009-10 home debut in Sunday’s game, with Andrei Markov and Benoit Pouliot both hitting the Bell Centre ice for the first time of the campaign in the contest.
24:34 – Game-high time on ice registered by Markov in the outing, firing two shots on goal and blocking two at the other end in his first home game of the year.
30 – Number of years since loveable Habs mascot Youppi! first started thrilling fans in Montreal as a member of the Expos family. The two-sport orange phenom feted his bday by sporting a super-sized party hat while taking in the Sabres matinee affair.
4 – Number of times since the beginning of the season in which towering blue-liner Hal Gill has not been the tallest player on the ice during a Habs game, including Sunday’s game against Buffalo and 6-foot-8 defenseman Tyler Myers.
21 – Number of all-time Sunday afternoon losses suffered by the Canadiens in the regular season since 1917, now sporting a 59-21-12-1 record in that span.
20 – Number of years since the Canadiens rang in a New Year against the Sabres for the first and only time, with Pat Burns’ troops knocking off the Buffalo squad 6-3 on January 6, 1990.
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