The Numbers Game - March 7, 2013
RALEIGH – Here's a numerical look at the Habs-Hurricanes matchup at PNC Arena on Thursday night.
700 – Number of games played by defenseman Francis Bouillon during his career in the NHL, with the 37-year-old blue-liner hitting the milestone in Thursday night’s game against the Hurricanes.
4884 – Number of days that elapsed since defenseman Francis Bouillon played his first game in the NHL on Oct. 2, 1999, when he helped the Habs take on the Maple Leafs in Montreal.
18 – Number of times this season in which the Canadiens scored the first goal of the game, with Brandon Prust being the latest Hab to up that number when he slipped one by Justin Peters early in Thursday’s game in Raleigh.
5 – Number of points amassed by Alexei Emelin over the course of his last five games, with the Russian defenseman eclipsing his total number of points from 2011-12 in only 24 games this year.
5 – Number of times over the course of his career that Brandon Prust logged multi-point nights, with the tough-as-nails forward finding the back of the net early in the first before dishing Josh Gorges a perfect pass to add an assist.
33.3 – Percentage of points accumulated this season by the Canadiens that came courtesy of defensemen, with Josh Gorges, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban all making their way onto the scoresheet Thursday night.
7:35 – Yannick Weber’s ice time over the course of Thursday night’s game, with the Swiss defenseman playing his first match with the Canadiens since Jan. 27, 2013, before leaving the game in second period with a lower-body injury.
31 – Number of shots taken by both teams in Thursday’s opening frame, with the Canadiens not only getting the edge with 17 in the shots column, but also on the scoresheet thanks to some great work by Carey Price, including this MONSTER SAVE.
4 – Number of Canadiens players that logged multi-point nights against the Hurricanes, with Brandon Prust (3), Lars Eller (3), Josh Gorges (2) and P.K. Subban (2) all enjoying a big night.