The Numbers Game – January 11, 2014
18 – Number of 2014 Olympians in uniform at the Bell Centre on Saturday night, with Chicago icing 10 players, to the Canadiens’ eight, about to represent their respective countries in Sochi, including Patrick Kane (USA), Jonathan Toews (CAN), Patrick Sharp (CAN), Duncan Keith (CAN), Michal Rozsival (CZE), Marcus Kruger (SWE), Niklas Hjalmarsson (SWE), Johnny Oduya (SWE), Michal Handzus (SVK) and Marian Hossa (SVK).
1,012 – Number of days since the Blackhawks last set foot on Bell Centre ice for a game, dating back to April 5, 2011, when P.K. Subban clinched a spot for the Habs in the postseason by rifling home the overtime-winner.
|Gally drops the gloves|
2 – Number of times Brendan Gallagher has dropped the gloves in the regular season in his NHL career to date, squaring off for his second career fight in the first period against Kris Versteeg.
60 – Percentage of Andrei Markov’s five goals this season that have opened the scoring for the Canadiens, including his deadlock-breaking tally against Chicago.
25 – Number of teams Michael Bournival has now faced in his young career, celebrating his first game against Chicago with an assist on Markov’s goal.
6 – Number of hits dished out by Alexei Emelin in the outing, notably leaving a lasting impression on both Ben Smith and Kris Versteeg with huge checks early on in the evening.
16 – Number of Habs players who registered at least one shot in the game, with only Josh Gorges and Douglas Murray failing to land some rubber on Crawford on Saturday night as Montreal handily outshot Chicago.
11– Number of shots generated by Tomas Plekanec – despite facing a line comprised of Toews, Sharp and Hossa – his highest shot total this season to date.
4,432 – Number of days since the Blackhawks last beat the Habs in Montreal, dating all the way back to a Dec. 3, 2001 tilt during Michel Therrien’s first turn behind the Canadiens’ bench.