The Numbers Game – January 18, 2014
848 – Number of players who have suited up for the Montreal Canadiens since its inception on December 4, 1909. Joonas Nattinen joins the list with his first career NHL appearance against the Leafs on Saturday.
8 – Number of Finnish players who took part in an NHL game for the Habs in team history. Nattinen being the eighth.
55 – Games played by Tomas Plekanec against the Maple Leafs. By taking to the ice on Saturday night, he moves ahead of Saku Koivu, who took on Toronto 54 times as a Canadien. Andrei Markov leads all current Habs with 58 appearances against the Leafs.
100 – Percentage of Canadian teams in action on Saturday, as part of the Hockey Day in Canada celebrations.
2 –Games played against the Leafs for Nathan Beaulieu in 12 career NHL games. In the 11 previous occasions, he had only faced one team more than once, the Edmonton Oilers (2 GP).
27 – Career goals for Brendan Gallagher, who became the 11th most prolific 21-and-under goalscorer in Canadiens franchise history with a first-period powerplay goal.
28 – Goals scored by the Canadiens this season with both Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban on the ice. Both defenseman set up the first period goal which tied the game 1-1.
7 – Number of times Brandon Prust has dropped the gloves so far this season. The forward tussled with Troy Bodie during the second period.
87 – Number of goals as a Hab for Brian Gionta. At 0.32 goals per game in Montreal, Gionta has also been the most consistent lamp lighters for the Canadiens since joining the Habs in 2009.