ENS Gameday Preview: Oilers @ Canadiens
Puck Drop @ 12:00 PM MT – CBC
Happy Hockey Day In Canada. One of the best days of the year. Not only do we get to loaf on our couches for 11 hours and watch hockey, but as always, CBC will have some great features/stories/interviews in between games and periods throughout the day. It will be a day filled with joy from watching McDaddy do his thing in Montreal, and a day filled with hate as we get a chance to watch every other Canadian team in action as well… Also, LOL at Winnipeg for being relegated to Denver on the late game. Red headed stepchild of Canadian NHL teams.
What makes this great day even better this year though, is that us Oil fans get to watch Connor McDavid and the boys roll into the Bell Centre to take on the burning dumpster fire that is currently the Montreal Canadiens. Edmonton comes into the game having won both post all-star break games by a combined score of 12-3. The Habs come in having won just 6 games since December 1st. Without Carey Price in the pipes they have been absolutely brutal. Like Dallas Eakins era bad. After their wicked hot start to the season, they have pretty much completely fallen out of the playoff race in the East thanks in part to shaky tending and seriously limited offence. Colour me shocked that Dale Weise won’t score the 30 he was on pace for at the beginning of the year.
This is perfect timing for the Oilers to go into Montreal and take advantage of a team in a world of hurt. If they can get on the board early again today, which they should because Scrivens, I think there is a very good chance this game turns into another beatdown at the hands of the mighty Oil.
Hall – Draisaitl – Purcell
Pouliot – McDavid – Eberle
Yakupov – Letestu – Kassian
Korpikoski – Hendricks – Pakarinen
Sekera – Fayne
Davidson – Gryba
Nurse – Schultz
That is a guess at the lineup but I’m sure Todd the God will stick with the forward lines that are scorching the league right now.
In a perfect world Schultz isn’t the lineup but we can’t have it all.
Iceman in the pipes.
What Needs to Happen
The afternoon start would normally make me worry, but not with the way the Oilers have been playing this week. Everything they touch is ending up in the net and Cam Talbot is dialed the hell in, which bodes extremely well for Edmonton since Montreal couldn’t score on a shooter tutor right now.
Just gimme some of this:
What Can’t Happen
We can’t lose to Ben Scrivens.
What Will Happen
Last year on Hockey Day, the Oil got THUMPED in Ottawa 7-2. Oh what a year can do…
Edmonton jumps out to an early start thanks to a Connor McDavid goal and they don’t look back. Scrivens is chased by the second period en route to a 6-1 Oilers win. 97 adds two more helpers and Taylor Hall lights the lamp for two in his first game in Montreal since he was a rookie.