The Numbers Game – December 31, 2013
35 – Number of games, including Tuesday night’s contest in Carolina, that the Canadiens have played on New Year’s Eve, boasting a record 18-10-5-1 entering the game.
730 – Number of games forward Eric Staal has suited up for in a Carolina Hurricanes uniform including Tuesday night’s tilt against the Canadiens, passing Glen Wesley for first place on the Hurricanes’ games-played list. Andrei Markov is the active leader in that department for the Canadiens, having contested 725 games in the bleu-blanc-rouge, including the game against Carolina.
24 – Number of NHL teams against which rookie Michael Bournival has now played at least once over the course of his career, adding the Hurricanes to that list after being re-inserted in the lineup following a two-game absence in which the Shawinigan native was a healthy scratch.
1 :20 – Time it took the line of Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller and Brandon Prust to make their mark in Tuesday night’s tilt in Raleigh, with Eller lightning the lamp by converting a perfect feed from Galchenyuk to put the Canadiens up 1-0 in the first period.
9 – Number of goals Eller has scored thus far this season, surpassing his goal tally from last season in five less games by beating Cam Ward in the opening frame on Tuesday night.
32 – Number of games that Max Pacioretty needed to surpass his tally of 15 goals from last season. The power forward capped a perfect tic-tac-toe play started by Andrei Markov and David Desharnais to put the Canadiens up by two goals in the first period.
59 – Percentage of the points amassed thus far this season by Markov on the power play. Thirteen of the veteran rearguard’s 22 points have come with the man advantage.
17 – Number of times over the course of his NHL career that Max Pacioretty has scored two or more goals in a single game. The power forward tallied twice on Tuesday night in Raleigh.
16 – Time, in seconds, that separates Andrei Markov's ice time in short-handed situations (6:41) and at even-strength after two periods. The defenseman blocked five shots along the way.
8 – Number of shots blocked by Josh Gorges during Tuesday night's tilt, a season-high for the veteran rearguard during the 2013-14 campaign.
2 – Number of times that David Desharnais has registered three assists in a single game over the course of his career, reaching that mark again on Tuesday night.
Highlights: MTL @ CAR