Game 25 : Habs vs Oilers

Tonight, the Edmonton Oilers (7-12-4) head into Montreal to face the Canadiens. (15-8-1)

In what should be an easy win, might not end up being so easy after all. The Habs seem to always have trouble playing against teams that they under rate. Let's take a look at the match up.

Both teams are coming off wins, and look to build some momentum as we enter the month of December. The Habs had a good start to last month, but ended it with a .500 record. Edmonton struggled in November, posting only 4 wins all month.

Edmonton doesn't have any hot hands so far this season. A disappointing start from Dustin Penner and a mediocre one from Ales Hemsky, leaves the Oilers to depend more on their young stars. Hall has goals in their last two games, and so does Brule. The Habs hot netminder, Carey Price, continues to rip up the eastern conference. He's allowed less that one goal or less in his last 4 starts, and is sitting comfortably on a 14-7-1 record.

Habs are without Markov tonight, as the Oilers are without goalie Khabibulin. The Oilers are also without Ales Hemsky, who's out with a nagging groin injury.

It's a tough one to call tonight. If the Habs we've seen this season show up, we should expect a loss. I'm going to say we break tradition, and come up with a big one tonight. Price is hot, and he'll take this chance to post his 5th shutout of the season. While Kostitsyn, Gionta and Plekanec will light it up tonight. Combining for 4 of the Habs 5 goals on the night. That's right, I'm calling it 5-0 Habs.

Price and Dubnyk should get the call in nets.

Game starts at 7:00pm and is being aired on RDS and TSN.
Yeah baby! No Brunet tonight!!!!!

Cheers!

-Kathryn Pateridis

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3 Comments

George Prax's picture

I'm positive about tonight's game, but generally speaking that's probably a bad thing haha. Yes, the Canadiens usually have trouble with the bottom third of the league, but this is the bottom of the bottom. The Oilers might give the Habs a bit of a rough time offensively, but the have no defense. Price shouldn't falter and considering the Oilers are terrible defensively, I don't see how this isn't a win. You never know, but they got their win of the week in Ottawa so I say the Habs should be safe here. Keep up the pressure and it could very well be a blowout like Kathryn suggested. No score prediction, but I think it's a win.

Can't wait for the liveblog and Habs panel either, going to be a good week! Smile

Cinerichabs88's picture

i have to agree this time, the oilers have 3 big games in their last 5 games. they have some wind in there sails and can cause some damage, luckily there not a hard hitting team like they once were. there very young and ni-eve, we have to capitalize on the mistakes. should be a good game, final score should be in the habs favour 4-1.

George Prax's picture

Price earns Molson Cup and 2nd Star honors for December. Let's hope he can keep it up in December.