Game Day : Oilers @ Habs

 

The Edmonton Oilers are in Montreal tonight to face off against the Canadiens.  While the Habs have had some struggles early in the season, the young Oilers have surprised the critics and are off to a great start so far.  

Coming into tonight's game the Oilers have a record of 8-3-2 and are 3rd in the western conference.  Safe to say, it's been some outstanding goaltending keeping the cinderalla story alive. Khabibulan is 6-0-2 with a .963 Sv% on the year, some pretty impressive numbers out of the gate.  Can they keep it up in Montreal tonight?

The Habs 4 game winning streak came to an end this past weekend, losing to the New York Rangers in a penalty filled tilt.  Some credit should be given to the Habs for staying in the game despite some sketchy calls from the officials. You can read about it in Prax's post game reaction.  

Oilers' Ryan Smith and Ryan Nugent Hopkins lead their squad with 12 points each.  It seems as if Smith's return to Edmonton has been a success so far, not only hyping did he hype the fans but he also brings great veteran presence to one of the youngest teams in the league.  

Tomas Plekanec sits above the pack in Montreal, with 12 points of his own and is really looking like the player he was two years ago. Another player I have kept my eye on in the past few games has has been Andrei Kostitsyn.  In fact, this season I have found him to be one of our most hardest working players.  Despite small ice time and hardly any time on the power play, Kostitsyn has managed to score 5 goals and 2 assists, 2 of those goals being the game winners.

Carey Price and Nikolai Khabibulin should get the starts tonight.  Both goalies have had success in the first month of the season.  Khabibulin hasn't lost in regulation yet, while Carey Price was the player of  the Month in Montreal.

Injuries are status quo in Montreal, with Gomez on the brink of a return.  As for the Oilers, they are without Hemsky, Barker, Whitney, Hordichuk and Fedun.  Not to mention Andy Sutton will be on the sidelines due to suspension. 

Always a pleasure to watch two Canadian teams face off against each other, and for the fans watching live from the Bell Center, you can expect a high tempo game. 

Puck drops at 7:30pm and game is being aired on RDS and TSN-HABSHD.

Bon Match!

 

2 Comments

George Prax's picture

I think the Oilers win this one. They're too hot for the Habs to stop, and I think speed is going to be a major factor here. The Oilers can match them in that department, and that tends to cause the Habs problems if they don't play a run & gun game with them, and it's safe to say they probably won't. They're going to have to get really lucky to win this one, but I see them at least remaining competitive. 3-2 Edmonton.

Jason Pietroniro's picture

I find Oilers are over producing and it will end tonight. The Bulin wall is coming down. Habs will end this early. I say 4-1 Habs.