Edmonton vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Feb. 5, 2017 – 1:05pm
Season Records – Edmonton 54GP (28-18-8) 64 pts. -Third in Pacific Division. Canadiens 53GP (30-16-7) 67pts. First in Atlantic Division.
Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game at Edmonton March 12th.
Last Season – Canadiens 1-1-0 vs. Oilers. Oct. 29/15 @ Rexall Place – Edmonton-4 Canadiens-3 . Canadiens blew 3-0. Leon Draisaitl’s second goal was game winner. Feb.6, 2016 @ Bell Centre – Canadiens-5 Edmonton-1. Tomas Plekanec 1 goal, 4 assists.
Last Time Out – Edmonton lost 2-1 at Carolina Friday. Canadiens lost 3-2 to Washington Saturday afternoon.
Last Ten Games – Edmonton 6-3-1. Canadiens 4-5-1.
Home/Road – Edmonton on the Road (15-9-5) Canadiens at Home – (18-6-3)
….The last time the teams met was part of last year’s Super Bowl weekend at the Bell Centre– Saturday Feb. 6th, 2016; a 5-1 Canadiens win.,
….The Oilers have won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the clubs dating back to start of 2013-14.
….The Oilers have also won 4 of the last 5 at the Bell Centre and have collected a point eight of the last nine visits (5-1-3)
….Over the last 16 seasons (dating back to Dec. 30, 2000) Edmonton is 15-5-3 vs. Montreal and 8-3-2 over the last 12.
….The last four visits to Montreal the Oilers have recorded 3-1, 4-3, and 4-3 (OT) wins before losing 5-1 last February.
….This weekend is the first time since Dec. 20 &22nd that the Canadiens will play consecutive games at home. Since then they played 13 of 19 on the road with a record of 9-7-3.
….The Canadiens enter the game in seventh place in the overall NHL standings. Their record against the six teams ahead of them is 2-10-1 (vs. Washington 1-2-0; Minnesota 0-2-0; Columbus (0-2-0); Pittsburgh 1-1-1; San Jose 0-2-0; Chicago 0-1-0.
….This is the 26th consecutive Super Bowl two-game Montreal weekend since 1991. Overall the Canadiens are 27-18-4 with one tie. On Super Bowl Sunday they are 14-10-1 with a tie.
….The Canadiens have given up power play goals in five straight games – 5PPG in 19 times shorthanded an opponents success rate of 26.3%
….The Canadiens have drawn only five penalties in the last three games;(vs. 10 against). In ten minutes of power play time they generated only two shots and no goals. The Canadiens power play ranks third in the league but they rank 19th when it comes to drawing penalties.
….Along with his goal Alexander Radulov earned a primary assist on Max Pacioretty’s goal. Of his 28 assists this season, Radulov has drawn first assist on 23; a league leading 81%.
….Since Pacioretty and Radulov became linemates on December 5th in Los Angeles together they have scored 29 of the Canadiens 89 goals – 32.5%. Pacioretty has a league leading 20goals plus 8 assists for 28 points over that 28 game stretch; Radulov has 9 goals and 14 assists for 23 points. The first assist on eight of the 20 Pacioretty goals went to Radulov.
….Pacioretty has 5 goals and an assist in 10 career games vs. Edmonton. Radulov has 8 points in 8 games including 6 goals. Tomas Plekanec 13 points in 16 games;
…In 35 games vs. Edmonton Shea Weber has 10 goals and 26 points.
….This is the third game of a three game Edmonton road trip already including a 2-0 loss at Nashville and a 2-1 defeat Friday at Carolina.
….The Oilers have lost all three post-all star games in a row which followed a 5-0-1 stretch Jan. 10th to 18th.
….The Oilers have the league’s third best road record – 15-9-5 for 35 points.
….This will be Connor McDavid‘s 100th career NHL game. In 99 games he has 108 points (34g, 74a). In his brief career he has never gone three games
….McDavid is first in the NHL with 60 points. (18g, 42a) He has 18 multiple point games; three 3-point games. McDavid is tied for third in the league 48 takeaways.
….This season McDavid has 37 points on the road (12g, 25a) and 23 points (6g, 17a) at home.
….Leon Draisaitl leads the Oilers in goals with 20 and has 47 points. In his last 21 games he has 23 points including 11 goals.
….Among players taken in the 201`4 entry draft, 3rd overall pick Draisaitl leads all players with 107 points. Boston’s David Pastrnak, the 25th overall pick is second with 94. Defensman Aaron Ekblad, the first overall pick is 3rd overall with 90.
….D Kris Russell leads the NHL in blocked shots with 143.
….Versus the Canadiens McDavid has 0-goals 2 assists in two career games. Draisaitl has 2 g, 0a in three games and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 2g, 6a in 7 games.
….After scoring ten goals in twelve games, Patrick Maroon has none over his last nine.
….Former Canadien Benoit Pouliot is in a 24 game goalscoring slump.
CANADIENS GOALTENDING -GAMETIME DECISION
,,,,,This could be Al Montoya‘s second start at the Bell Centre and first since the home season opener Oct. 18 vs Pittsburgh. His only other home appearance came in relief of Carey Price Dec. 16 vs. San Jose.
….Montoya has been in 14 Canadiens games with a 7-4-2 record; 2.72GAA and .909 save% with one shutout.
….Montoya has won his last four starts all of them on the road. In that stretch he has allowed 10 goals – with a 2.50GAA and .915save%.
….Montoya has appeared in 4 career games vs. Edmonton with a 3-1-0 record and 1.96GAA.
….Last season while with Florida Montoya faced the Oilers twice in an eight day span – Jan. 10th he allowed one goal in a 2-1 win at Edmonton and on January 18th he allowed 4 goals in a 4-2 loss at Sunrise.
….Should Carey Price start it will be only the second time this season he’s started back to back games since Dec. 16, 17th vs. San Jose (L) & Washington (W).
….Among the other 29 teams, the Oilers are Carey Price‘s nemesis. He has only 1 overtime win in eight starts against them (1-6-1 with a 3.75GAA). His only career win against the Oilers came nine years ago, March 10th 2009 at the Bell Centre. In his second career start against the Oilers, Price stopped 29 of 32 shots. Saku Kovu tied the game in the third period and won it at 1:40 of overtime. It was Bob Gainey’s 1st game as coach after firing Guy Carbonneau.
….Since that game Price has lost 6 straight against the Oilers while Peter Budaj has posted three wins against them, Peter Budaj and Ben Scrivens one each.
….Price last faced the Oilers at Edmonton Oct. 29th of last season, a 4-3 loss at Rexall Place. In that game the Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead with Price giving up 4 goals on the final 12 shots he faced. It was his only start against Edmonton since Oct, 2013, also a 4-3 loss.
….Cam Talbot has started more games (48) than any one else in the league and is fourth in wins (26). He has appeared in 23 of the Oilers last 25 and 48 of their 54 to date. His season record is 26-15-7 with a 2.37GAA and .920 save%.
….Talbot has appeared 4 games against the Canadiens with a 2-1-1 record. Two of the appearances while he was a member of the Rangers in 2013-14 and two last season with Edmonton. In his last appearance at the Bell Centre Feb. 6th last year, he gave up four goals on 23 shots and was replaced by Anders Nilsson in the third period in a Canadiens 5-1 victory.
….Talbot‘s first career shutout was posted at the Bell Centre, a NY Rangers 1-0 win Nov. 16, 2013. In his next game against the Canadiens April 12/2014 he and the Rangers lost 1-0 in overtime.
Special Teams – Power Play – Edmonton ranked 14th (34/166) 20.5%. Canadiens ranked 3rd (36/155) 23.2%. Penalty Killing – Edmonton ranked 15th (28/156) 82.1%. Canadiens ranked 22nd (38/183) 79.2%
Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk47-Alexander Radulov
42-Sven Andrighetto 51-David Desharnais 65-Andrew Shaw
62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron
25-Jacob de la Rose 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry
89-Nikita Nesterov 79-Andrei Markov
Injuries – RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand); C Phillip Danault (upper body)
Scratches – D Greg Pateryn;
Edmonton Forward Lines & Pairings
19-Patrick Maroon 97-Connor McDavid 29-Leon Draisaitl
67-Benoit Pouliot 93-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 14-Jordan Eberle
27-Milan Lucic 36-Drake Caggiula 42-Anton Slepyshev
23-Matt Hendricks 55-Mark Letestu 44-Zack Kassian
77-Oscar Klefbom 6-Adam Larsson
2-Andrej Sekera 4-Kris Russell
88-Brandon Davidson 62-Eric Gryba
Injuries – D Matt Benning (upper body); RW Tyler Pitlick (IR knee); D Darnell Nurse (IR broken ankle); RW Iiro Pakharinen (IR knee); D Andrew Ference (LTIR broken hip) LW Jujhar Khaira (wrist)
Scratches – C Anton Lander; D Griffin Reinhart; D Jordan Oesterle