The Numbers Game – April 18, 2013
MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at the Canadiens-Lightning matchup on Thursday night at Centre Bell.
56 – Percentage of games that the Canadiens have won against the Lightning in Montreal heading into Tuesday night’s match, since the Tampa Bay franchise’s introduction to the NHL. The Habs not only have the edge over Stamkos and the Lightning at home, but have also won their last three consecutive games played at the Bell Centre.
9 – Number of points collected by rookie Alex Galchenyuk in his last nine games played. The talented 19-year-old kept pace again Thursday night against the Lightning, picking up another goal in the game’s second period.
3 – Number of players on the Lightning’s current roster that have at one time or another, worn the blue-blanc-rouge for the Habs, with Benoit Pouliot, Tom Pyatt and Mathieu Garon all logging stints within Canadiens organization.
7 – Including Thursday night, the number of games played by goalie Ben Bishop since being traded by Ottawa to Tampa Bay. The Habs didn’t help the Lightning’s big backstop improve his record with new team, lighting the lamp on him 3 times over the course of the game to sweep the season series.
3 – Number of posts hit by the Tampa Bay Lightning in Thursday night’s first 15 minutes of action, with Carey Price getting a boost from the bars to go along with his 10 opening frame saves.
5 – Number of points picked up by Max Pacioretty in the Canadiens last 4 games, scoring one goal and four assists, the latest of which came helping Brian Gionta pot a power play goal in the game’s second period to put the Habs up 2-0.
25 – Number of points accumulated by Brendan Gallagher this season, managing to climb to third place among all rookie scorers and picking up another helper Thursday night on fellow rookie Alex Galchenyuk’s goal.
6 – Number of goals scored by Alex Galchenyuk over the course of his last eight games, pulling him even with the Chicago Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad in rookie goal-scoring with a total of nine on the season.