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Montréal Canadiens @ Edmonton Oilers Game Preview

Oilers on a three game winning streak, looking for more.

Edmonton Oilers v Toronto Maple Leafs
Brandon Davidson faces off against the Canadiens for the second time since being reclaimed by the Oilers
Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Montréal Canadiens (16-15-4) @

Edmonton Oilers (16-17-2)


Rogers Place - Edmonton, Alberta

TV: Sportsnet

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Eyes On The Prize


The Oilers are streaking. Things have been looking up as of late.

Edmonton came from behind (twice) and they scored a game winner with less than a minute to go in Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at home.

How about that setup by 93?

The Oilers will look to keep the good times moving with a win against the Canadiens.

A win today will give the Oilers a Bettman .500!

The Oilers are saying

"We're feeling good about ourselves and we're looking forward to going into a game tomorrow, a huge game for us and a chance to go back to .500".



That’s Oilers captain Connor McDavid on how the attitude in the dressing room has changed. Three wins in a row will help that sort of happen. A win tonight not only gets the Oilers to a Bettman .500, but they’ll grab two points on Calgary. The Canadiens defeated the Flames 3-2 in regulation last night.

The Canadiens are saying

“...We know there's a rested team waiting for us tomorrow, so we've got 22 hours to get ourselves ready. Hopefully we can finish off on a high note here..”


That’s Canadiens head coach Claude Julien on trying to sweep the Western Canada portion of the schedule.

The Canadiens did the Oilers a big favour by taking out the Flames by a 3-2 score last night. They know...perhaps start Antti Niemi in goal tonight...that would be nice.

Have some of this

  • SEKERA! Sekera’s first game saw him with 19+ minutes of ice time which included 3:40 on the power play. Only he and Matt Benning played any substantial time on the man advantage. Don’t be surprised when his minutes go up tonight.
  • The Canadiens are ripe for the picking tonight. The Canadiens don’t score very much (2.74 GPG), they allow over three goals a game, and there’s a decent chance that Antti Niemi could start in net. They’re missing Shea Weber. Shoot the puck.
  • POWER PLAY PULJUJARVI: Jesse Puljujarvi had 1:58 on the man advantage, but no points to show for it. Not yet, at least.
  • IN NET: Three wins in a row for Cam Talbot, and he’ll start tonight (13-10-1, .905 SV% / 2.92 GAA 1 SO). If the Habs run with Carey Price (11-10-2, .904 SV% / 1 SO), it will be his second night in a row. Antti Niemi (0-4-1, .856 SV% / 5.20 GAA) would be a much more fun option.
  • SICK BAY: The Oilers are missing Oscar Klefbom (IR - upper body) while the Canadiens will be without Shea Weber (foot), Ales Hemsky (concussion), and Al Montoya (concussion)