The Numbers Game - September 21, 2011
6 – Number of players on the Habs Wednesday night roster making their Bell Centre debuts, with Nathan Beaulieu, Alexander Avstin, Hunter Bishop, Philip DeSimone, Brendan Gallagher and Peter Budaj all playing in their first preseason game for the Canadiens.
269 – Number of days that have elapsed since the last game Josh Gorges played for the Canadiens, returning to action with the Habs tonight for the first time since sustaining a knee injury on Dec. 26, 2010.
197 – Number of days that have elapsed since the last game Max Pacioretty played for the Canadiens, returning to action with the Habs tonight for the first time since sustaining a concussion and broken vertebrae on Mar. 8, 2011.
21 – Including Wednesday night’s matchup, the all-time number of preseason games that have been played between the Canadiens and the Sabres. The Habs hold the preseason upper-hand, posting a record of 11-7-3.
0 – Number of shots allowed by the Montreal penalty-killing unit while the team killed off its first 2 minute infraction of the game.
32:25 – Amount of time it took in Wednesday night’s game for the Bell Centre crowd to start a “P.K! P.K!” chant.
6:11 – Amount of time needed by P.K. Subban follwing the crowd chanting his name to score the Habs’ first goal of the game, tying things up with Buffalo at one apiece.
6– Team-leading number of shots taken by Max Pacioretty in his first game back in action. He would also go on to share the team-lead for hits with prospect Brendan Gallagher.
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