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GAME THREAD: Game 37/56 Edmonton Oilers @ Montréal Canadiens

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Oilers in Montréal to make up one of the games postponed last week

Edmonton Oilers v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers (22-13-1, 3rd in North) @

Montreal Canadiens (14-8-9, 4th in North)

30 March 2021

Centre Bell

5 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Eyes On The Prize

MAKE UP

The Oilers took two points out of Toronto after Darnell Nurse ended it in OT. They’re in Montréal tonight to make up one of the games that was postponed last week. The Oilers are on the chase for the division lead, can they inch a little closer with a win tonight?

THE HABS

They practiced for the first time in over a week yesterday. Like the Oilers on Saturday, they’re probably a little rusty. That could work to Edmonton’s advantage tonight as the Oilers are playing their second game in as many nights.

ETC

  • Oilers are playing third game in four nights and the second in two nights. Can’t think of any reason why I’d like to bring in a rested Evan Bouchard or a rested Caleb Jones. Oilers are heavy up top, they’ve got a second line that’s got Nugent-Hopkins, Kyle Turris and Kailer Yamamoto on it.
  • Tyson Barrie looked to catch a skate in the face last night. He avoided what could have been disaster

THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR

  • RUST: The Oilers might be a wee bit tired, but the Canadiens haven’t played a game in ten days. A hot start for the Oilers could see the Canadiens behind the eight ball early.
  • THE SUPERLINE RIDES: Oilers will keep their line of 29-97-13 together for one more night. The trio combined for 0-2-2 last night, will this line get on the score sheet tonight?
  • Mikko Koskinen gets his first start since March 18th, a win versus the Winnipeg Jets. Can he stop them all and earn his tenth win of the season?

A win tonight will tie the Oilers with the Maple Leafs up top.

Let’s. Go. Oilers.