Edmonton Oilers (23-14-1, 2nd in North) vs
Montréal Canadiens (16-9-9, 4th in North)
05 April 2021
5 PM MST
TV: Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED
Edmonton took two more points in the standings as they defeated the Calgary Flames in the latest chapter of the Battle of Alberta on Friday night. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Dominik Kahun had a goal each, while Connor McDavid scored the game winner on the power pay as the Oilers defeated Calgary 3-2. Mike Smith earned his 13th win of the season in net as the Oilers picked up two more points in the standings. They’re neck-and-neck with the Winnipeg Jets as both clubs try to chase Toronto.
The Oilers begin a three game trip with a stop in Montréal. They’ll no doubt look for a better performance than their ugly 4-0 loss to the Habs last week. Can they pick up another win with a solid performance tonight?
Let’s go to the tape.
THE OILERS ARE SAYING
“It was almost like a playoff game, it was very tight...I think the biggest thing we were talking about was to outwork them, and I think we did a good job with that. All four lines were going today, all four lines were battling, and that’s what brought us the win.
That’s Oilers forward Dominik Kahun on his club’s 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
Kahun picked up his sixth goal of the year in his club’s win. A perfect pass from Draisaitl to Ethan Bear led to a perfect pass to Kailer Yamamoto. Yamamoto put it across the crease to an open Dominik Kahun who tapped in the 2-2 goal.
THE CANADIENS ARE SAYING
“We didn’t execute well, we didn’t play well without the puck, we didn’t do well in puck battles, we weren’t good”
That’s Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme after his club’s 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Ottawa has been a thorn in Montréal’s side this year. In this shortened season, the Habs have just three wins in seven contests against the Senators.
HAVE SOME OF THIS
A final stretch before boarding the flight back to Montreal. Looks as though the Oilers will utilize same lineup as the one that beat CGY to run their record to 11-4-1 in one-goal games & 4-1 in games tied after two. pic.twitter.com/dkN7oLKwtT— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) April 4, 2021
- ONCE MORE: Oilers to go with the same lineup against Montréal tonight as they did in Friday’s win. What does that mean? A great top line, a very good second line, about eight minutes of Caleb Jones and 23 minutes of Kris Russell. The royal sampler.
- AVOIDING TROUBLE: Edmonton’s matchup with the Habs last week was an outright disaster. Sixteen total shots isn’t going to win you many games, much less if it’s the second game in two nights. Or, the third game in four nights. The Oilers will be on two days rest, and they’ll no doubt look for a better result this time around.
- 77: Not really related to today’s matchup with the Canadiens, but did anyone else see Oscar Klefbom yesterday? Successful shoulder surgeries are good for the overall health of the Oilers blue line. There’s still a long way to go before we’re even talking about the possibility of Klefbom returning to the club next year, but it’s always good to see Oscar Klefbom when he’s not suffering from an injury.
- NET GAINS: Mike Smith will likely go for the Oilers tonight (13-3-1, .919 SV% / 2.39 GAA / 2 SO). Carey Price (11-6-5, .902 SV% / 2.70 GAA / 1 SO) is likely for the Canadiens, though Jake Allen (4-5-3, .922 SV% / 2.23 GAA) has some nicer numbers should they choose him.
- MCDAVID WATCH: Just the game winner for Connor McDavid in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Flames. He’s up to 64 points in 38 games, he’ll need to average 2 points in the remaining games to hit 100 on the season. Perfectly normal stuff.
- A win tonight puts Edmonton in sole ownership of second place in the North. Let’s get at it.