Game #14

Edmonton vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 8/2011 – 7:35pm


Pre-Game Notes –

….The last four times the Oilers have played at the Bell Centre they have forced the Canadiens into overtime.  In that stretch the Canadiens have two shootout wins, an overtime win and an overtime loss.

…..The Oilers have one victory (Dec 1/2010) in Montreal since Nov. 4, 2003.

…..Overall Edmonton has least a point in their last five games against the Canadiens (2-0-3).

…..While they’re ranked 17th in offense, the Canadiens have managed to get balanced scoring this
season. Through 13 games, they have seven players with at least 3 goals. Only four teams — Philadelphia, Washington, Vancouver, and Chicago — have more.

…..Three of their five Edmonton  losses this season have come on the road,.  They have been limited to two goals or less in each of the losses.  The Oilers have split the first two games of a six game road trip.

…..Carey Price has struggled against Edmonton, going 1-3-1 with a 3.97 GAA in five starts.

…..Nikolai Khabibulin is 5-1-0 with a 1.39 goals-against average in his last seven appearances against Montreal. He made 36 saves in a 4-1 win Feb. 17 in the most recent meeting between the clubs on February 17th at the Bell Centre.

…..With four bench minors the Canadiens and Oilers are tied with three other teams for most in the league.

…..Edmonton is giving up a league-best 1.54 goals per game.  The Canadiens rank 13th at 2.69 goals per game.

…..The Oilers six game winning streak was their longest since 2002.  During the six game win streak they allowed only six goals.  Edmonton won only 25 games the entire 2010-2011 season finishing 30th in the league.

The Cold Hard Stats  

Season RecordsEdmonton  13GP  (8-3-2) 18pts. First in Northwest Division;  3rd in Western Conference.    Montreal 13GP (5-6-3)  12pts. – 4th in Northeast Division. 12th in Western Conference.
Season Series: First of two meetings this season.  Edmonton won both meetings last season. Dec. 9/2010 – @ Rexall Place – Edmonton-4  Canadiens-3 (Overtime).  Dustin Penner scored off a Michael Cammalleri gfiveaway at 2:28 of overtime.  Trailing 3-1 Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner scored third period goals to tie the game.  Gomez, Darche and Hamrlik scored for Montreal.     Feb. 17/2011 – @ Bell Centre – Edmonton-4 Canadiens-1.  Oilers break a 1-1 tie with three goals in the third period, two of them 15 seconds apart Jordan Eberle and then Ryan Jones.  Ales Hemsky two goals (including ENG).  Halpern for the Canadiens.  Canadiens defense decimated by injuries to Gorges, Gill and Markov.  Wisniewski out with an eye injury in his fourth shift of the first period.

Last Time Out – Edmonton lost to Phoenix 4-1 Saturday ending a six game winning streak.
Canadiens had a four game win streak snapped in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers in New York on Sunday.

Last Five Games – Edmonton (4-1-0) Wins vs Washington, @Colorado; St. Louis; @ Los Angeles.  Loss @ Phoenix.     Canadiens (4-1-0)   Wins vs. Philadelphia; @ Boston; Boston; @ Ottawa; Loss @ NY Rangers.

Home/Road –  Edmonton on the Road (2-2-1)   Canadiens at home (2-3-2)

Goaltending – Edmonton – Nikolai Khabibulin  8GP (6-0-2)0.98GAA  .963save%.       Canadiens – Carey Price -12GP  (5-5-2)   2.58GAA.  .904save%. allowed five goals during the winning streak but gave up four Saturday.

Special Teams –Power Play – Edmonton ranked 12th in NHL  18.5% (10/50)   Canadiens ranked 23rd   14.3% )7/49)      Penalty Killing – Edmonton ranked 6th – 88.0% (6/50)   Canadiens ranked 12th 95.0%  (9/60)

Goals For/5-on-5Edmonton– ranked 28th– 18 goals.   Canadiens  ranked 11th – 25 goals.

Goals Against/5-on-5Edmonton ranked first – 13.  Canadiens ranked 14th – 20

Who’s Hot:  Edmonton -Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continues to pace the Oilers attack, with 4 points in his last five games.  The No. 1 overall pick, scored Saturday to give him team-high-equalling marks of six goals and 12 points   Ryan Smyth has 7 points in his current four-game point streak. … Canadiens – Andrei Kostitsyn has a point in each of his last three games.  Tomas
Plekanec – 7 points in his last five games.

The Missing – Edmonton – D-Ryan Whitney (knee); D-Cam Barker (shoulder);  RW-Ales Hemsky (IR-shoulder) Darcy Hordichuk (IR-knee); LW-Ryan Jones (ribs); D-Andy Sutton (5 game suspension)      Canadiens  –D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee inflamation), RW-Ryan White (IR-hernia surgery), D-Chris Campoli (IR-hamstring); C-Scott Gomez (shoulder); Brendon Nash (IR-shoulder