The Numbers Game - Feb. 13, 2012
MONTREAL - Here’s a numerical look at the game between the Canadiens and the Hurricanes at the Bell Centre on Monday night.
294 – Number of days since Kirk Muller last coached a game at the Bell Centre. Muller helped the Habs force a Game 7 against the Bruins with a 2-1 win in Montreal on April 26th of last year. The former Canadiens captain and assistant coach returned for the first time Monday night as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.
2 – Number of Habs that enter Monday’s game against the Hurricanes having logged five points in their last four games, with Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty both being the Canadiens’ main offensives catalysts. Both players would stay hot, adding another point each against Carolina.
8 – Number of points that separate Tomas Kaberle and Jaroslav Spacek since the transaction that saw them swap teams on December 9th. Since coming to Montreal, Kaberle has provided more offensive punch than his counterpart, posting 15 points compared to Spacek’s 6.
1 – Number of points scored by Tomas Kaberle and Jaroslav Spacek in Monday night’s game, with Spacek scoring the Hurricanes’ second goal of the night and Kaberle assisting on the Canadiens’.
4 – Number of NHL teams that have four players who all have at least 40 points at this time in the season, being the Blackhawks, Red Wings, Sharks and as of Monday night, the Canadiens thanks to the work of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, Erik Cole and Tomas Plekanec.
1 – Number of career goals scored by Erik Cole against the Carolina Hurricanes with the Habs forward visibly all fired up after sniping a huge game-tying goal past Cam Ward in the second period.
11 – Number of second period goals scored by the Canadiens over the course of their last five games. The second period has held up as the Habs’ best since the beginning of the season, scoring almost 20 more goals by comparison than in the first and third frames.