logo canadienslogo oilersPreview Game #9

Canadiens vs. Edmonton

Rexall PlaceOct. 27, 20149.30pm


Notes –

….This is the first of two games in 24 hours for the Canadiens.  Dustin Tokarksi will start in goal against the Oilers; Carey Price will get the start in Calgary Tuesday.

….It will be Tokarski‘s second start of the season and third appearance.  He also mopped up the 7-1 loss in Tampa Bay.   In two appearances  a 1-0-0 record; 2.82GAA and .917 save%.

….Nathan Beaulieu will also return to the Canadiens lineup for the first time since game #4 in Tampa Bay.  Jarred Tinordi will be a healthy scratch.  Beaulieu and forward Michael Bournival were recalled from Hamilton Sunday after a two game stint with the Bulldogs for conditioning purposes.  Bournival has yet to play a game this season.

…..In his career no team has given Carey Price as much trouble as Edmonton. In his seven career starts against Edmonton Price has a 1-5-1 record, a .857 save percentage.  His 3.71 goals against average is his worst against any NHL team.  Edmonton has scored more goals against Price than any other NHL team. .  In three starts in Edmonton he is winless and has given up 13 goals.

…. The Canadiens have seven wins in their first eight games for the first time in 53 years, a stretch during which they won the Stanley Cup 12 times.

…..A win in this game would give the Habs an 8-1-0 record and 16 pts. of a possible 18 ; the best start in Canadiens history.  The 1961 Canadiens lost their ninth game to post a record of 7-1-1 – 15 of a possible 18.

….The Canadiens are looking for their fifth win in a row.  They accomplished that twice last season.

….This will be the Oilers fifth game of a seven game homestand.

….Edmonton has an active three game winning streak, all of them against Eastern Conference teams.  Vs. the West they are 0-4-1.

….Edmonton has not won four in a row since they had a five game win streak March 26-April 3, 2013.

….Edmonton is 12-4-3 against the Canadiens since Dec. 30, 2000. The clubs split last season’s series with the road team winning each.

….Since the first Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium Nov. 22, 2003 the Canadiens have lost 4 of 6 games in Edmonton giving up 23 goals.

….The last time the teams met in Edmonton, Oct. 10, 2013 the Canadiens won 4-1.  Galchenyuk and Gallagher with two points each.

….Stretching back six seasons the Canadiens are a combined 4-9-0 in their Western Canada swings through Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

….The last time the Canadiens swept all three games on a Western Canada trip was  1998/99.    [They beat Edmonton 5-2; Dec. 19th, 1998, Calgary 2-1 on December 31st and Vancouver 2-1  January 2nd.]  Last year they took 2 of three.  Their loss was in Calgary on the opening game of the trip.

….Ben Scrivens will get his sixth straight start.  In his last four games he has a 2.02GAA and a .932 save%.  Viktor Fasth is on injury reserve with a groin injury.

….During the four game winning streak Carey Price has posted a 1.33 goals-against average and .959 save percentage after allowing at least three goals in each of his first four starts.
galchenyuk yakupov….Yakupov vs. Galchenyuk – 2012 #1 overall choice Yakupov has played in 119 games for Edmonton with 29 goals, 29 assists and 58 points.  He is also minus-43.   Sarnia teammate Alex Galchenyuk 3rd overall has played 121 games   25g-40 assists 65 pts.  plus-6.

….This season in 8 games Yakupov has 1 goal, 2 assists and is minus-6.  Galchenyuk  3g,4a  – plus-6.

….Tomas Plekanec has five goals and four assists in eight games to lead Canadiens scoring.

….Pacioretty has two goals and four assists during the four game winning streak.

….Led by Manny Malhotra, the Canadiens are second in the league in team faceoff percentage at 55.6%.  Anaheim is league leader at 56.0%.   Malhotra is the NHL’s top faceoff speciallist among centres who have taken more than 100 faceoffs with a 67.5 win percentage.  Behind Malhotra on the Canadiens is Desharnais at 57.2%; Eller at 56.2 and Plekanec at 47.5.

….Off season changes for the Oilers included the trade which sent Sam Gagner to Tampa Bay for Teddy Purcell Benoit Pouliot was signed to a 5-year 20-million dollar contract.  On defense they signed Mark Fayne (4 years, $14.5 million) from the Devils and Nikita Nikitin (2 year, $9 million) from the Blue Jackets.  In the front office, former Hockey Canada director Bob Nicholson was named vice chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group, and  advanced statistics guru Tyler Dellow was hired as a hockey analytics consultant.

….Benoit Pouliot is playing with his sixth team in six years.  He has two assists in eight games after signing his large four year free agent contract.

….Backup goaltender Viktor Fasth practiced Sunday for the first time since injuring his groin against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 14.


The Edmonton Lineup

4-Taylor Hall  93-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins  Jordan Eberle

57-David Perron  29-Leon Draisaitl  16-Teddy Purcell

67-Benoit Pouliot  26-Mark Arcobello  10-Nail Yakupov

23-Matt Hendricks  27-Boyd Gordon  6-Jesse Joensuu

86-Nikita Nikitin  19-Justin Schultz

21-Andrew Ference  2-Jeff Petry

85-Martin Marincin  5-Mark Fayne

30-Ben Scrivens


The Hard Stats –

Season Records –  Canadiens  8GP (7-0-1) 14pts.  First in Eastern Conference     Edmonton   8GP (3-4-1) 7pts.

Last Time Out – Canadiens beat Rangers 3-1 Saturday.     The Oilers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3  Friday,

Last Season – Teams split.  Canadiens won in Edmonton 4-1  Oct. 10.    Edmonton won in  Montreal 4-3 Oct. 22nd

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 23rd   3/22  13.6%,  Edmonton ranked 12th   5/23   21.7%.      Penalty Killing –  Canadiens ranked 14th   5/30   83.3%   Edmonton ranked 27th   6/24    75%

Goaltending – Canadiens –  Dustin Tokarski – 2GP – (1-0-0)  2.82GAA  ,917 save%. Edmonton – Ben Scrivens  6GP (3-3-1) 3.31GAA   .882save%.

Who’s Hot – Canadiens  Max Pacioretty 2g, 3a last 4 games.      Edmonton – Jordan Eberle 2 goals and assist last game.

From the Clinic – Edmonton – LW-Luke Gadzik (IR-shoulder); G-=Viktor Fasth (IR-groin).    Canadiens – No injuries reported.


2.88 Goals Per Game           2.88
2.75 Goals Against Per Game 3.88
29.88 Shots on Goal Per Game 28.5
32 Shots Against Per Game 30.38
11.13 Penalty Minutes Per Game 9
3 Power Play Goals 5
13.6% Power Play % 21.7%
5 Power Play Goals Allowed 6
83.3% Penalty Kill % 75%
1 Shorthanded Goals 1
0 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 1