The Numbers Game: November 28, 2015

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MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Saturday night's game between the Canadiens and the Devils at the Bell Centre. 2 -- Number of two-day home-and-home series the Canadiens will play this season. Having split their first back-to-back against the Devils on Friday and Saturday in Newark and Montreal, respectively, the Habs will next get the chance to get to know the Columbus Blue Jackets a little better under identical circumstances on January 25 and 26, 2016. 16 -- Total number of back-to-back games the Habs will play this season, irrespective of their opponents. 1 -- Number of games Christian Thomas has suited up for with the Canadiens this season, making his 2015-16 debut on Saturday night. The 23-year-old forward, who was called up from St. John’s on Thursday, scored one goal in 18 games last year with the Habs. Through 18 games with the IceCaps this season, Thomas has seven goals and seven assists. 13 -- Place in Canadiens history Andrei Markov now holds for the most games played in a Canadiens uniform. Montreal’s sixth-round pick from the 1998 NHL Draft tied Steve Shutt for the 13th spot in all-time franchise history with his 871st game as a Hab. 4 -- Number of consecutive games in which Alex Galchenyuk has scored at least one goal. Following a 10-game goalless span between October 30 and November 20, the 21-year-old forward has now scored one goal in each game since November 22, and twice on Saturday, bringing his season total to seven. 4 -- Number of career multi-goal games for Galchenyuk, who added a fourth with a pair of second- and third-period goals on Saturday. All three of Milwaukee, WI native’s previous multi-goal games came a season ago, against St-Louis, Arizona, and Carolina. 126:28 -- Minutes of ice time played by Mike Condon in the last 48 hours. Making rare consecutive starts in a back-to-back situation, the rookie netminder made 53 saves on 58 shots over that span. -

Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Devils

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CANADIENS (18-4-2) vs. DEVILS (11-9-2) TV : TVA Sports, City – 7:00 p.m. The Canadiens’ home-and-home series against the Devils concludes at the Bell Centre on Saturday night. On Friday, the Habs came back from a 2-0 deficit in Newark to leave the Prudential Center with a 3-2 shootout win. Sven Andrighetto and Alex Galchenyuk were the two Canadiens goalscorers, both in regulation and later in the shootout. Goaltenders Mike Condon and Corey Schneider each made 25 saves on 27 shots for identical 0.926 save percentages. The win marked the Habs’ fourth in a row while the Devils dropped a fourth decision in their last five games. With Carey Price, Brendan Gallagher, Torrey Mitchell and Alexander Semin all still currently sidelined, Sven Andrighetto, Bud Holloway, Christian Thomas and Dustin Tokarski are all currently providing reinforcements for the big club. Holloway, notably, took part in his first NHL game on Friday. The Canadiens announced that Thomas will take Holloway's spot in the lineup Saturday night at the Bell Centre, his first game of the year for the Habs. On defense meanwhile, Greg Pateryn took Alexei Emelin’s place on the blue line on Friday, but the Russian rearguard should be back on the ice for the Habs on Saturday. Mike Condon will be between the pipes for the Canadiens again on Saturday night, his 13th start of the season. The rookie goaltender has an 8-2-2 record with a goals against average of 2.14 and save percentage of .917. Cory Schneider, who has a 10-6-2 record, a goals against average of 2.04 and a solid save percentage of .927, will also be back in goal for the Devils. At the opposite end of the ice, Kinkaid has played four games this season, with a 1-3-0 record, a 3.04 goals against average, and a 0.881 save percentage. Schneider is 10-6-2 with a 2.04 goals against average and a 0.927 save percentage. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre on TVA Sports and City TV.

What a weekend

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MONTREAL – If the inaugural Canadiens Fantasy Camp was a resounding success, the second edition exceeded all expectations and left participants with a lifetime of precious memories. Twenty-seven people between the ages of 19 and 65 took part in the unique experience this time around. They came to Montreal from all across North America – representing seven Canadian provinces and six U.S. states – to spend three days celebrating their passion for the winningest franchise in NHL history, and make some new friends along the way, too. It all began on Friday, November 20 with a road trip down to the Brooklyn, NY to see Michel Therrien’s troops battle the Islanders at the Barclays Center accompanied by Habs alums Gaston Gingras, Rejean Houle and Mats Naslund, as well as veteran referee Kerry Fraser. That was followed by a midnight tour of the “War Room” at NHL HQ in Manhattan, and a visit with Senior Vice President of Player Safety Stephane Quintal and his staff. On Saturday, campers gathered in Times Square for a group photograph, before making the five-hour bus ride to Lake Placid, NY for a practice at Herb Brooks Arena, site of the famous “Miracle on Ice” during the 1980 Winter Olympics. There, they were given their official Montreal Canadiens gear – a helmet, a pair of gloves, pants, a pair of socks, red and white home and away jerseys, and a selection of Canadiens apparel. Back in Montreal on Sunday, campers hit the ice at the Bell Centre for an early-morning skate ahead of a full-length game later in the day. Pierre Turgeon and Patrice Brisebois joined Gingras, Houle, Naslund and Fraser to run participants through drills, before they met guest coaches Guy Lafleur and Yvan Cournoyer on site. A quick trip to the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard to watch the Canadiens’ morning skate was up next, and then it was game time back in downtown Montreal. Things finally wrapped up with participants taking in a tilt against the Islanders from the comfort of a Bell Centre loge. “I’ve had the experience of skating on a few NHL rinks, but this was just surreal. Coming out of the Zamboni entrance, they actually introduced us as players for the game. That’s when it gave me sort of a chill. Now, I was experiencing something I hadn’t ever experienced in my life. There were cameras on you and people in the stands. It was so much sensory overload that it was a fantasy come true,” shared Brad Erautt, a Vancouver resident, who took part in the Canadiens Fantasy Camp experience for the first time in 2015-16. “This really ignited my passion again. The Bell Centre is a such a great building. It’s an amazing, amazing place. Sitting on the bench with Guy Lafleur or Yvan Cournoyer as your coach, playing with Gaston Gingras, it was like a dream. It was something that brought me back in time, and it put a smile on my face. I’ve always been a Habs fan, but I’m really, really a Habs fan now. It was the best experience of my life.” Fellow first-timer Dr. Alan Dackiw shared similar thoughts after returning home to Texas. “I grew up in Winnipeg in the 70s. Yvan Cournoyer was my favorite player back then. All my life, I wanted to meet him. I have a letter from him and a picture that I got when I was eight years old. The opportunity to come to Montreal to meet him was what made it special,” praised Dackiw, who, like Erautt, cherished his time skating on the Bell Centre ice. “Just getting dressed and everybody putting on the uniforms was so special. You look across the room and see Guy Lafleur and Yvan Cournoyer there, too. Then, they’re standing behind you and coaching you. You kind of have to stop yourself a few times when you’re playing. I made sure to look around every five or 10 minutes to appreciate exactly where we were. It’s something I’ll always cherish.” Fort McMurray, AB resident Shane Britt, who was taking part in the Canadiens Fantasy Camp for a second time, offered up a glowing review, too. “The camp really exposed us to some different and unique experiences that someone from Alberta wouldn’t normally get a chance to do. Playing in the Bell Centre has really been one of the highlights of my hockey career, for sure. Getting back together with Gaston Gingras was special. He’s just an outstanding human being. He had a lot of fun coaching us and giving us a hard time,” cracked Britt, who was one of six returning Fantasy Camp participants from 2014-15. “You really get to know some of the staff and the alumni when you’re there. When it’s over, you’re already looking forward to coming back and seeing how they’re doing the next year.” So, did organizers Stephane Verret and Angelo Ruffolo accomplish their goal of providing participants with an experience they won’t soon forget? The answer to that is most definitely yes. “The way we realized it was such a great success was by the way guys reacted, especially on the last day. Some of them had tears in their eyes. That’s the ultimate satisfaction. It’s not that we delivered such a great product, it’s that we actually touched people emotionally,” offered Ruffolo, the Canadiens’ senior coordinator of business development and events. “That pushes us to do bigger and better things. We like to challenge ourselves. A lot of guys are saying that this is the new bar that’s been set, and they’re waiting to see what we’re going to do next year.” Matt Cudzinowski is a writer for

Rally Caps

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NEWARK – The Canadiens didn’t get the start they wanted against the Devils, but the finish was exactly how they drew it up. Spotting their hosts a two-goal lead through the first half of Friday’s game, the Habs headed into the second intermission down 2-1 on road ice, getting outhit and outshot by their hosts. In the next 25 minutes, they nearly tripled the Devils in the shot column before rallying back to pick up their first shootout win of the season. “It was huge, but at the end of the day in the locker room, we believe in ourselves. There was never any doubt that we could come back and win the game,” confirmed Alex Galchenyuk, who scored the tying goal midway through the third before scoring the first goal of the shootout. “We’ve done it so many times before. We were calm and we were confident in ourselves. We knew we just needed one goal – one good shift – to get us going.” That’s something Galchenyuk has been making a habit of recently, having now picked up three goals and five points in his last four games. Given his recent surge, it was no surprise to see Michel Therrien turn to the 21-year-old sniper when he needed an offensive catalyst to help spark his team’s comeback. “We made some changes in the third and put Galchenyuk with [Tomas] Plekanec and [Max] Pacioretty. We were pushing to try to at least get a point and then get into overtime. Galchenyuk’s line has been playing really well, but I really wanted to get that point,” explained Therrien of his decision to move Galchenyuk to right wing on the top line for the third period. “We were all-in with that. The last six or seven games, I’ve found Galchenyuk has been really dynamic.” Before notching the equalizer off a great no-look pass from Pacioretty, Galchenyuk had already chipped in with some great pressure that helped lead to Sven Andighetto’s opening marker – the rookie forward’s second goal in three games since being called up from St. John’s. Growing more confident with each passing game, Galchenyuk has hit his offensive stride and isn’t planning on slowing down any time soon. “The last couple of games, I’ve paid more attention to my offensive game and I’m trying to go out there and just play my game,” he explained. “Relax, maybe, and have fun and just go out there and make plays. It’s definitely paid off for me.” It’s also been paying off for the Canadiens, who now boast a 3-3-0 record when trailing after two periods, proving that there’s more than one way to pick up two points. “We have to be better at the start, but we also know we’re not going to jump out to leads every game,’ said rookie netminder Mike Condon, who enjoyed the first shootout win of his career on Friday night. “We had the confidence in the third that we could score, and it was just a matter of bearing down and getting the job done. We did that tonight.” With the Devils making their way to Montreal for the tail-end of the home-and-away series, the league-leading Canadiens plan on starting Saturday’s game the way they ended on Friday night. Shauna Denis is a writer for -

The Numbers Game: November 27, 2015

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NEWARK - Here's a numerical look at Friday night's game between the Canadiens and the Devils at the Prudential Center 847 – Number of players who have suited up for a regular season game for the Canadiens in franchise history, with George “Bud” Holloway adding his name to the list on Friday night after making his NHL debut at age 27 against the Devils. 3,443 – Number of days since Holloway heard his name called in the third round, 86th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, nearly nine-and-a-half years before he had a chance to suit up for his first NHL game. 785 – Number of games played by Tomas Plekanec in his NHL career, all as a member of the Canadiens, tying Emile Bouchard for 22nd on the franchise’s all-time games played leaderboard. 2 – Consecutive number of games in which Sven Andrighetto has found the back of the net following his second-period marker in New Jersey, having now scored in two-thirds of his NHL games this season after potting his first of the campaign against the Rangers on Wednesday. 11 – Number of times the Canadiens have been held to less than 30 shots in a game this season, including Friday night, having entered the game against the Devils as the fourth-highest shooting team in the league at 31.2 shots per game. 4 – Consecutive number of games in which Alex Galchenyuk has registered at least one point, knotting the game with a backhanded breakaway in the third period to give him three goals and two assists in his last four outings. 400 – Number of assists racked up by Andrei Markov in his career to date, hitting the milestone in New Jersey with a helper on Galchenyuk’s third period goal. 4 – Number of times the Canadiens have won the second game when playing on back-to-back nights this season, with a chance to go 5-for-5 in that category on Saturday night when the Devils come to town for the tail end of the home-and-away series. -

Game Preview: Canadiens vs Devils

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Game Preview: Canadiens vs Devils CANADIENS (17-4-2) @ DEVILS (11-9-1) In the first leg of a home-and-away series against the Devils, the Canadiens head to New Jersey for the first of two back-to-back contests Friday night at the Prudential Center. On Wednesday night Michel Therrien’s troops defeated the New York Rangers to earn their third consecutive victory, but the victory came at a high price. In the past week injuries have forced Brendan Gallagher, Carey Price and Alexander Semin out of action. The Canadiens announced that Price will not be in uniform for at least a week because of a lower body injury suffered against the New York Rangers. As a result Dustin Tokarski was subsequently recalled from the St. John's IceCaps on Thursday night. Tokarski will backup starter Mike Condon who gets the nod in goal against the Devils Friday. As for Semin, who also suffered a lower-body injury, the winger is also expected to be out for at least a week. Bud Holloway recalled last Sunday from the AHL will make his NHL debut against the Devils replacing the Russian sniper. In 18 games in the AHL this season, the well-travelled right winger has collected 20 points (5B-15A) to lead the IceCaps in scoring. The Canadiens also confirmed that Greg Pateryn will be back in action on Friday in place of Alexei Emelin, who returned from a lower-body injury on Wednesday against the Rangers, but will not dress against the Devils. In the visitor’s camp, the Devils have lost three of their last four games. In their most recent outing, the Devils suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Adam Henrique, who leads the Devils with 10 goals this season, scored the loan marker for New Jersey in the loss. Leading the devils in scoring is former Canadiens sniper Mike Cammalleri. The Toronto, Ontario native has enjoyed a tremendous start to his season, tallying 22 points (7B-15A) in 21 games since the beginning of the season. In goal, Cory Schneider has a 10-6-2 record, a goals against average of 2.05 and a save percentage of .927. With back-to-back games on tap, backup Keith Kinkaid is likely to start either Friday or Saturday night.

The long game

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NEW JERSEY – Nearly a decade after hearing his name called at the NHL Entry Draft, Bud Holloway is about to see his dream come true. To say George “Bud” Holloway has played the long game in his career would be an understatement. Since being nabbed in the third round, 86th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings in 2006, the Wapella, SK native has played 509 professional hockey games in the regular season and 84 more in the playoffs. He split his first three seasons in the pro ranks between the ECHL and AHL before spending the next four years in Europe, first in Sweden and then most recently with Bern of the Swiss National League A in 2014-15. He returned to North America this season after signing a one-year, two-way deal with the Canadiens in July and has spent the first two months of the campaign in Newfoundland. On Friday night, Holloway will finally get a chance to add another league to his pro hockey resume. “I was on the ice skating around when he confirmed it. I was smiling pretty good,” admitted Holloway with a grin after Habs head coach Michel Therrien told him during Thursday’s practice that he would be making his NHL debut against the Devils. “I just got told on the ice this morning and it didn’t really have a chance to sink in because I had to do the next drill right away. I’m loving it. I have a lot of family and friends back home that are as happy at this moment as I am.” Flown in from the farm on Sunday morning after Brendan Gallagher suffered an injury against the Islanders the night before, Holloway was leading the IceCaps in scoring with 20 points in 18 games when he received the call from Montreal. Counting 352 points in his professional career to date, the 6-foot winger has shown his offensive chops throughout his seven years in the pros, but lighting the lamp won’t be his primary focus when he plays his inaugural NHL game in New Jersey. “I think for me it’s going to be skate, work hard, and try to get in on the forecheck. I’m going to start with that and as soon as I start getting comfortable, I’ll add things from there,” explained the 27-year-old forward, who is expected to line up alongside Brian Flynn and Paul Byron at the Prudential Center. “I just found out this morning, but I’m sure we’ll talk as a line a little bit before the game. I’ve been practicing with them and I’ve been watching them the last couple of games, so I think I have a pretty good idea how they like to play. I’m just going to try to fit in as best I can.” Having had a bit more time than most call ups do to acclimate before seeing his first taste of NHL action, Holloway has spent his first week with the Canadiens watching and learning to make sure that he’s prepared to make the most of his pending opportunity. “You get to build relationships and come into a different culture. It’s a different locker room than the one in St. John’s,” he explained. “Every day gets a little easier and you feel a little more settled. I’m sure tomorrow it’s going to be right back up to being nervous again before the game, but it’ll probably calm down halfway through the first.” At 27 years, eight months, and 26 days of age, Holloway is not only the oldest rookie on the roster, he’s also the fifth-oldest forward on the team and the elder statesman on his line. While it’s rare to see a player get his start in the league so late in life, Therrien knows that for Holloway, Friday’s game will be worth the wait. “The goal for every player is to play in the NHL. I wanted to do everything I could to make sure he got this chance,” shared the Habs bench boss. “We didn’t know if it would come as the result of an injury, but we like using everyone on our roster. Semin’s injury is giving him this opportunity. It was always part of our plan to get him into a game, not just as a reward, but because he’s earned this chance. He has been playing well in St. John’s and he deserves to make his NHL debut. He’ll be ready.” Shauna Denis is a writer for

Locked down

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NEW YORK – Marc Bergevin isn’t afraid of a little long-term commitment. A few hours before the Canadiens hit the ice at Madison Square Garden looking to claim top spot in the NHL, Habs owner, president, and CEO Geoff Molson had some business to tend to off the ice, locking down general manager Marc Bergevin to a contract extension that will keep him in Montreal through 2022. “First of all, I’d like to thank Geoff Molson and the entire Canadiens organization for this vote of confidence. Also Serge Savard, who was part of the hiring process when I was brought on in 2012,” began Bergevin, who met with the media just prior to his team’s 23rd game of the campaign. “I’ve always said the most important thing is teamwork. The reason I’m here today is because of the team’s success; it’s the players who perform on the ice, not me. I haven’t scored a goal or stopped a puck since I arrived in Montreal. “I would also like to thank Michel Therrien, Jean-Jacques Daigneault, Dan Lacroix, Clement Jodoin, and Stephane Waite for the exceptional work they’ve done,” he added of the Canadiens’ coaching staff. “They’ve given me a chance to run this team for many more years.” Succeeding in completely changing the identity of the Canadiens since his hiring in May 2012, Bergevin has taken a team that finished in the Eastern Conference basement a few months before he arrived and turned it into a contender that has not only made the playoffs in each of his first three seasons in the GM’s chair, but actually ranks among the Top 5 in the NHL in playoff games played, playoff wins, and playoff rounds in that span. Heading into the 2015-16 campaign, the Habs also counted the fifth-most regular season wins in the league since Bergevin took the helm. “Stability within the organization is important to me,” shared the 50-year-old Montreal native, who spent seven seasons in the Blackhawks’ front office – where he won the Stanley Cup in 2010 – after a 20-year playing career before landing his GM gig with the Canadiens. “Geoff mentioned it in his statement this morning. Stability sends the right message to our players, to our young players, to our farm team, and to our fans that we can bring results here to Montreal.” Icing a roster against the Rangers that counted 10 players acquired by Bergevin during his short tenure so far, his fingerprints are all over the league’s top team. His first-ever draft pick as GM, Alex Galchenyuk leads all players from the 2012 draft year with 119 points and is one of just two players from that draft with over 200 NHL games under his belt. Dale Weise, who arrived via trade in February 2014, is currently tied for second on the team with nine goals, just one shy of the career-high 10 he scored last year in his first full season in Montreal. Professional tryout signee Tomas Fleischmann is tied for the team lead with three game winners among his seven goals this season. Mike Condon became just the third goaltender in Canadiens history to win the first four or more games of his NHL career, posting a 6-0-2 record in his first eight starts, and Jeff Petry has been one of the Canadiens’ top defensemen since landing with the team from Edmonton at the 2015 NHL trade deadline. That’s not to mention the work of fellow Bergevin pickups Torrey Mitchell, Brian Flynn, Paul Byron, Tom Gilbert, Alexander Semin, and Devante Smith-Pelly, who have combined for 31 points and a plus-25 differential so far in 2015-16. A finalist for GM of the Year honors in 2014, Bergevin stepped seamlessly into his new role as a rookie general manager. While he can already look back on plenty of accomplishments since he signed with his hometown team in 2012, he instead prefers to look ahead to what he and his team are working on building in Montreal over the next few years. “There’s not one thing in particular that I’m most proud of, but the day I arrived, the team had just had a tough season. We know there were many reasons for that – the team had a lot of injuries and that played a big role – but with Michel, we’ve managed to bring some stability,” explained Bergevin. “The team has shown that stability with the way we’ve continued winning. Seeing our young players learn and progress is something I’m very proud of.” Since he joined the organization, Bergevin has made a point of placing a premium on finding character people when he puts together his roster. The same can be said of the men he’s surrounded himself with in the Canadiens’ front office over the past three years. “Teamwork to me is about guys like Rick Dudley, Larry Carriere, Scott Mellanby, Martin Lapointe, and Trevor Timmins,” stressed Bergevin of his senior vice president of hockey operations, his two assistant general managers, his director of player development, and his VP of player personnel and director of amateur scouting, respectively. “When I got here, Trevor was already here. I didn’t know him really well, but I realized quickly what a great asset he was to the Montreal Canadiens and how hard he works. A GM can’t be in a million places all at once and you have to make decisions based on the information you get without being there yourself. I want to thank all those people because, since I spend about 90 percent of my time with the big club, I need my scouts to help me know what’s going on around the NHL. Guys like Vaughn Karpan help me make those decisions and I’m here because of people like him. “I’m just one guy standing here,” he added. “But there should be a bunch of guys standing here with me.” Shauna Denis is a writer for

Answering the call

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NEW YORK – Injuries to some mean opportunities for others. Blessed with good health as the least-injured team in the NHL in 2014-15, the Canadiens haven’t been quite as lucky through the first quarter of the current campaign. Carey Price (8 games), Alexei Emelin (5), Torrey Mitchell (3), Devante Smith-Pelly (1), and Brendan Gallagher (1) have all spent time in the team’s clinic this season, but those absences have given some of their teammates a chance to step into the spotlight. When the reigning Vezina, Jennings, Ted Lindsay and Hart Trophy winner went down with a lower-body injury in October, it gave Mike Condon a chance to step up. He responded by going 6-0-2 in his first eight NHL starts, becoming the third netminder in Canadiens history to win his first four or more games. After Mitchell went down with a lower body injury on Nov. 19, Sven Andrighetto got the call he had been working for in St. John’s all season. In his two games since being recalled from the farm, the 22-year-old has dished out four hits, scored his first goal of the season – the opening marker against the Rangers in his first career game at MSG – and posted a plus-2 differential alongside Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk. Greg Pateryn filled in admirably in his five games of relief action for Emelin before the Russian blue-liner made his return on Wednesday, and with Gallagher missing indefinitely after taking a slap shot to the hand that required surgery on two fingers this week, Smith-Pelly was promoted to first line duties, and he ran with his new role against the Rangers, potting two goals in New York, including the game winner. “Our depth is our biggest asset right now,” confirmed Max Pacioretty, who slipped his 12th goal of the season through Henrik Lundqvist’s five hole to end the All-Star netminder’s night in the third period. “The most important thing is that the guys who are stepping up for injured players all have the right mindset. They’re coming to work every day and they’re staying patient and doing the right things and being good team guys. They’re making sure that when their number is called, they’re ready to pitch in and play the right way. It’s so nice to see them get rewarded because they haven’t been able to show their stuff the whole year. You never want injuries, but it’s nice to see those guys get rewarded.” While the Canadiens managed to skate away with a 5-1 win over the Rangers to move into the top spot in the NHL with 36 points, the victory came at a cost for the best team in the league. When the puck dropped to start the third period, the Habs had a little more room on the bench than usual, with both Alex Semin and Price missing from action after suffering lower body injuries in the second. Re-aggravating the injury that forced him to miss eight games earlier in November, the three-time All-Star won’t be in the lineup on Friday, but that just means Condon – who was already slated to get the start in New Jersey – will have a little more time to shine between the pipes. “Everyone is ready for their opportunity,” confirmed Pacioretty. “A lot of times on teams when a guy has to wait for his chance to step in, you’ll see some guys pouting or not doing the right things or just not being great teammates. We don’t have any of that on this team. “That’s something in my eyes that’s the most rewarding part about tonight,” he added. “These guys have come in every day and done the right things and been great teammates and when their number was called, they got rewarded. It’s next guy up.” Shauna Denis is a writer for Shauna Denis is a writer for

The Numbers Game: November 25, 2015

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NEW YORK - Here's a numerical look at Wednesday night's game between the Canadiens and the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. 5 – Number of games Alexei Emelin was forced to miss with a lower body injury before making his return to action against New York, enjoying his first taste of game action on Wednesday night since a Nov. 11 tilt in Pittsburgh. 3 – Number of goals scored by Sven Andrighetto in his NHL career after picking up his first of the 2015-16 campaign to open the scoring for the visitors with a backhand over Henrik Lundqvist in the first period. 3 – Number of Lars Eller’s eight points this season that have come on road ice, with the Dane chipping in with a helper on Andrighetto’s opening goal to get the Habs on the board first for a 14th time this season. 0 – Number of times his team has lost a game in regulation when Devante Smith-Pelly has scored a goal since 2013, playoffs included, with the Habs and Ducks counting 12 wins and one shootout loss when the bruising winger has gotten on the scoresheet in that span. 1 – Number of multi-goal games enjoyed by Smith-Pelly in the regular season in his career to date, potting a pair for the first time as an NHLer against the Rangers on Wednesday night. 2 – Number of times Lundqvist has allowed four or more goals in a game this season, with the Habs becoming just the second team to do so with a five-goal effort against the league’s save percentage, goals-against average and wins leader at MSG. 2 – Consecutive number of games in which Alex Galchenyuk has found the back of the net, lighting the lamp for a second-straight outing with his third-period goal against New York. 4 – Consecutive number of games in which Tomas Plekanec has picked up at least one assist, chipping in with three helpers against the Rangers on Wednesday to give him six points in that span. 6 – Number of days since Mike Condon last spent time between the pipes for the Canadiens, taking over for Carey Price in the third period after the All-Star netminder went down with an injury mid-way through the game against the Rangers. 10 – Number of the Canadiens’ game-winning goals in 2015-16 that have come off the sticks of players who were acquired by Marc Bergevin, who signed a multi-year contract extension with the team on Wednesday afternoon. Smith-Pelly became the latest Hab to add his name to that list, making his boss proud by chipping in with the eventual winner in the first period at MSG. 309 – Number of times the Canadiens have faced the Rangers at Madison Square Garden over the years, bringing the franchise’s lifetime record at MSG to 127-126-54-2 following Wednesday’s blowout win over their hosts in New York. 0 – Number of NHL teams with more points than the Canadiens through the first quarter of the season, with the Habs taking sole possession of the top spot in the league following their win over the Metropolitan division-leading Rangers on Wednesday night. -

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