The Numbers Game – December 15, 2013
MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at the Canadiens-Panthers game on Sunday night.
101 – Home games played by the Habs on Sunday since March 6, 1938, when the team dropped a 6-3 decision versus the Toronto Maple Leafs in its first ever Sunday match.
1 – Number of Panthers players used to Quebec’s early-winter snow. Jonathan Huberdeau, the lone player from La Belle Province on the Florida roster, arrived with his teammates to face the 25 centimeters’ worth of snow but sat out the game on Sunday with an injury.
17 – Combined players over the age of thirty taking part in Sunday’s game. The list of battle-hardened veterans includes Scott Clemmensen and Peter Budaj, the starting goaltenders for both teams. Clemmensen has ten seasons of NHL duty under his belt, while this is Budaj’s ninth year in the league.
11 – Height difference, in inches, between the shortest and tallest forward taking part in the game. The Habs’ David Desharnais and Brian Gionta are both five-foot-seven, while Florida’s forward Jimmy Hayes is listed at a whopping six-foot-six.
100% - Days of the week in which Peter Budaj has seen action this season. The goaltender worked for the first time on a Sunday in the eighth start of his 2013-14 season after appearing in relief for Carey Price on a Tuesday earlier in the week.
10 – Goals for Alex Galchenyuk, who scored on the powerplay early in the third period. He has already lit the lamp more often in 35 games this season than in 48 games in 2012-13.
13 – Powerplay points by P.K. Subban. The Habs defenseman now ties Erik Karlsson and Keith Yandle for first overall among NHL blueliners with an assist on Galchenyuk’s third-period goal.
19- Shots blocked by the Canadiens on Sunday night against the Panthers (12 already)
26- Number of bodychecks thrown by Canadiens skaters, out-muscling the visiting team, which only had 19 hits.
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