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It's Al Montoya's crease in Montréal for this matinee matchup.

Say Hello, Al.  "Hello, Al."
Say Hello, Al. "Hello, Al."
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The Oilers have scored just one goal on their current road trip.  The trip ends this afternoon in Montréal, and the goal taps need to start opening up as the Kings and Flames are starting to play catch-up.

How To Tune In

11 AM MDT on Sportsnet / TSN

What To Watch For From The Oilers

The Oilers have stopped scoring.  Recent studies have shown that hockey teams tend to do better when they've had the luxury of scoring goals during their games, and this opportunity will present itself this afternoon.  Connor McDavid leads the NHL with sixty points, and it would behoove the Oilers if he could score a couple more today.

The Oilers will be without Kris Russell and Matthew Benning on defence.  Eric Gryba and Jordan Oesterle will be your replacements on the blue.

What To Watch For From The Wild

From Eyes on the Prize

"The Habs have been completely reliant on Alexander Radulov and Max Pacioretty for goals as of late, and while they'll need their big guns to keep producing through the stretch run, they need their secondary options to pick up the pace."

Radulov and Pacioretty have combined for eight goals and four assists for the Canadiens over their past five games. The club is 2-2-1 over that span.

Final Thought

With a few exceptions (like yielding ten goals to Columbus back in November), Al Montoya has been a serviceable option for the Canadiens this year.  The good?  He's not Carey Price.  The Oilers need to turn it on today in order to make some good out of this road trip, and it'll be a lot easier on them if they enter five days off with a road victory instead of an inconvenient loss.