The Numbers Game – January 16, 2014
+31 – Plus/minus rating for defenseman P.K. Subban since the 2011-12 season, a team-best. Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, the only other Norris Trophy winner since 2011, is +13 in the same span.
27 – Career regular season appearances for Carey Price against the Senators. The Anahim Lake, BC native has only faced two other teams more often since breaking into the NHL, Buffalo (28 times) and Boston (29 times).
3 – Number of times the Canadian Tire Centre, home of the Senators, has been renamed since its opening on January 15 1996. First known as the Palladium, it was then named Corel Centre and Scotia Bank Centre before assuming its current identity.
15 – Career short-handed goals for Tomas Plekanec, fourth-highest in team history behind Guy Carbonneau, Bob Gainey and Pete Mahovlich. With Raphael Diaz in the box early in the first period, Plekanec broke in alone and beat Craig Anderson to put his team up 1-0.
14 – Total career goals for Plekanec against the Senators, the same number as he has scored against the NY Islanders, the team he has most often victimised since joining the Habs before tonight.
5 – Games without a powerplay goal by the Canadiens. Max Pacioretty snapped the streak by one-timing a perfect David Desharnais feed past Craig Anderson while Mark Stone was in the box.
6 – Multipoint games for David Desharnais this season. The centerman assisted on Max Pacioretty’s powerplay goal in the first period, then added a tally of his own minutes later.
8 – Number of points accrued by Pacioretty in the new year. The left winger scored his 21st goal on the powerplay in the first period.
43% - Shooting percentage for the Canadiens in the first period. Despite being out-shot 19-7, the Habs held a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes of play thanks to some opportunistic shooting from the high slot.
4 – Times this season when the Habs have allowed 40 or more shots. The trigger-happy Senators already totalled 38 heading into the third period.
2 - Goals scored by Tomas Plekanec tonight, the second of which went into the net with a little help from Senators defenseman Jared Cowan. The goal tied the game 4-4.