The Numbers Game – December 4, 2013
NEWARK - Here's a numerical look at the Canadiens-Devils game at the Prudential Center on Wednesday night.
40 – Number of times the Habs have been in action on its birthday. The Canadiens are now 17-18-5 when playing on December 4th.
1 – League-wide rank for both of the Canadiens’ special team units on the road. Heading into the game, the Habs powerplay has converted 29.6% of its chances on the road, while its PK unit has denied 91.9% of all shorthanded situations faced.
92 – Shots on net for P.K. Subban so far this season. He has been the league’s second most active point shooter in 2013-14, trailing only Dustin Byfuglien (97 shots of goal) in the category.
4.2 – Shots on net per game for Max Pacioretty, who added 4 attempts on target on Wednesday against the Devils. He is currently the second most prolific volume shooter in the NHL, trailing only Alex Ovechkin (5.46 shots per game) since the start of 2013-14.
4 – Number of regular season home-and-homes played by the Habs and the Devils, a first since 2003-04.
13 – Shots for the Canadiens in the first twenty minutes of play. The Habs played an up-tempo period and put more than twice as many pucks on net than during the same span at the Bell Centre on Monday.
6 – Points scored by Brian Gionta in 12 games against the Devils. The Habs’ captain opened the scoring against his former team in the first period and added an assist on Desharnais' late goal.
54% - Faceoff percentage for Montreal after 40 minutes. The Habs’ pivots won 28 of 52 draws.
2 – Hits for Lars Eller during the game. He leads the team with 48 on the season
76% - Winning percentage for the Habs when scoring three goals or more since the 2004-05 lockout. In 379 games, the Canadiens have only lost 89/90 times when they manage to beat the opposing goalie at least three times.
4 – Points in his last three matches for David Desharnais, who tipped home a P.K. Subban shot with a minute left in the third period to force sudden death and then scored the winner in the shootout.
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