The Numbers Game - Jan. 25, 2012
MONTREAL – Here’s a numerical look at the game between the Canadiens and the Red Wings at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night.
796 – Number of days that have elapsed since the Canadiens last hosted the Red Wings on Bell Centre ice, dating back to Nov. 21, 2009. The Red Wings would walk away with the shootout victory after the Habs came back to tie the game at two.
1 – Number of players on each team’s bench that are graduates of McGill University, with Mathieu Darche graduating from the Montreal institution with a degree in commerce back in 2000, and on the Red Wings’ side, head coach, Mike Babcock earning his degree in Physical Education back in 1986.
1,136 – Representing Nicklas Lidstrom point total over his 20-year NHL career, a number the Canadiens won’t have to see get any bigger on their watch, with the perennial all-star absent from Wednesday night’s game with the flu.
131 – Number of players hit by the Canadiens’ Alexei Emelin before the Russian defenseman finally hit the back of the net for his first goal as a Hab, beating Jimmy Howard with a booming blue line slap-shot.
1 – Number of hits thrown by the Canadiens over the game’s first frame compared to Detroit’s 12 – the Habs opting instead to focus on the offensive side of their game, lighting up Jimmy Howard for 4 goals before the period was over.
6 – Number of times that Detroit’s star netminder has given up four goal in a game this season – with the Canadiens being the latest team to accomplish the feat, doing it in under 20 minutes of play.
21:53 – Amount of time needed by the Canadiens to let Cage au Sports customers cash in on some free wings thanks to their five goals – a record in 2011-12.
1 – NHL ranking of the Canadiens’ penalty kill after Wednesday night’s game. The Habs would kill off all four of Detroit power plays to pass the New Jersey Devils as the league’s best PK.
11– Number of players in the Canadiens lineup that made an appearance on Wednesday night’s scoresheet, including David Desharnais coming through with a three point effort.
Boxscore: Canadiens-Red Wings