The Numbers Game – December 17, 2013
MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at the Canadiens-Coyotes game on Tuesday night.
1,150 – Number of days that have elapsed since the Phoenix Coyotes last went up against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Prior to Tuesday night’s tilt, the Coyotes hadn’t visited La Belle Province since October 25, 2010.
9:42 – Ice time logged by Habs forward Rene Bourque in his return to action on Tuesday night after missing the last seven games with an upper-body injury. The right-winger last suited up on December 2 in the Canadiens’ 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils in Montreal.
26 – Number of blocked shots racked up by Canadiens skaters on Tuesday night against the Coyotes, 12 of which came in the first period alone. The Habs sacrificed their bodies again and again in an effort to deny scoring opportunities on goaltender Carey Price.
1 – Number of shots allowed by the Canadiens while Brandon Prust was serving a double minor for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct during the early stages of the second period on Tuesday night. The successful penalty kill kept the score 1-0 in favor of the Coyotes at the time.
11 – Number of power-play points registered by Andrei Markov thus far this season, upping his season total by beating Mike Smith while the Canadiens were up a man early in the third period to tie the score 1-1.
5 – Number of shots directed by Max Pacioretty at Smith on Tuesday night, two of which beat the Coyotes netminder but failed to cross the goal line after hitting the crossbar.
10 – Number of goals that Pacioretty has registered on home ice thus far this season, including Tuesday night's power-play marker that put the Canadiens up 2-1 in the third period. It was his 13th goal of the year.
18 – Number of days that Canadiens fans will have to wait to see their beloved Habs take to the ice again at the Bell Centre. The Habs will contest their next six games away from home, returning to the friendly confines of their home building on January 4, 2014 against the Ottawa Senators.
5,488 – Number of days that have elapsed since the Canadiens last fell at the hands of the Coyotes, including Tuesday night’s win at the Bell Centre. The bleu-blanc-rouge hasn’t lost to the Desert Dogs since December 9, 1998, registering 11 wins and three ties since that date.
1 – Number of teams against which Carey Price has yet to suffer a loss over the course of his career, the Coyotes being the lone team that has yet to best the three-time NHL All-Star. With Tuesday night’s win, Price improved to 6-0-0 against Phoenix in six appearances.