logo canadienslogo oilersPreview Game #53

Edmonton vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 6, 2016 – 2:05pm



Lineup Changes –

…..Ben Scrivens will start in goal for the Canadiens.

….Nathan Beaulieu will be a healthy scratch.  Mark Barberio will replace him and will be paired on defense with Tom Gilbert.

Head to Head –

…..Second of two meetings. Oct. 29th the Oilers beat the Canadiens 4-3 at Rexall Place, the second consecutive Montreal loss after their season opening 9-0-0 season start. The Canadiens led the game 3-0 and then gave up four straight goals. Draisaitl’s second goal was the game winner with 1:02 remaining in regulation time.

….The last time the Oilers were in Montreal they recorded a 4-3 overtime win Feb. 12, 2015. Anton Lander scored the game winner at 1:47 of OT.

….Edmonton has beaten the Canadiens four consecutive times dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season.

….The Oilers have also won four straight at the Bell Centre and have collected at least a point in eight straight visits (5-0-3).

….Over the last 15 years (dating back to Dec. 30, 2000) Edmonton is 15-4-3 vs. the Canadiens and 8-2-2 the last 12.

….This is only the Oilers fourth visit to Montreal in the last five years. Since the Canadiens last home win vs. Edmonton Nov. 8, 2011 (5-4 in a shootout) the Oilers have recorded 3-1, 4-3 and 4-3(OT) wins.

….A regulation win over the Canadiens would move the Oilers, who are in a six way tie for last place in the league,  to within three points of the Canadiens.

About the Canadiens – (24-24-4)

….With 52 points in 52 games the Canadiens are now closer to the league cellar than the final Eastern Conference Wild Card berth. The Canadiens trail New Jersey and the last wild card berth by six points. They are five points from the cellar. (six teams are now tied with fewest points at 47)

….The Canadiens have lost five consecutive games at home, their longest regulation losing streak in 14 seasons. In October-November 2000 they lost seven home games in a row. At the end of that streak Canadiens president Pierre Boivin fired general manager Rejean Houle and coach Alain Vigneault and replaced them with Andre Savard (GM) and coach Michel Therrien.

….The Canadiens have one win over their last ten games. In their 5-20-1 slump they have averaged 1.92 goals per game. During their 19-4-3 start they averaged 3.4 goals per game.

….The Canadiens are 0-8-1 in the last nine games against Western Conference teams and have been limited to two goals or fewer in eight of the nine.

….Since Carey Price went down on November 25th the Canadiens have given up an average of 3.1 goals in 29 games and four goals or more in seven of the last eight.

….While scoring a power play goal in each of the Habs last four games, opponents power plays are 5 for 10 over the last three games.

….P.K. Subban has 11 points in his last 7 games against the Oilers.

….Max Pacioretty is trying to become a 20-goal scorer for the fourth time in his career. He has been stuck at 19 for six consecutive games during which he has 1 assist. Over the six games he has 23 shots on goal.

….This will be Andrei Markov’s 899th regular season game with the Canadiens.

.SUPER BOWL WEEKEND – The Canadiens have never won a game on the weekends when the Denver Broncos were in the Super Bowl (1998, 1999, 2014). Their record over the two-game weekend is 0-5-1.. ce 1990-91. They are 12-8-3 and one tie on the day before the NFL Championship game and 13-10-1 on the Super Bowl Sunday. This is the 25th time since 1991 the Canadiens have played the two-game home series.

….The Canadiens have been swept in each of their last three back to back series this season – 0-6-0. They have dropped both ends in five of the last seven – splitting the other two (2-10-0).

About the Oilers – (21-26-5)

….The Oilers are currently part of a six-way tie for last place in the league. The Oilers finished last in 2010 & 2011; second last in 2012 and were 28th in each of the last two seasons.

…..The Oilers are looking for their third straight victory following the All-Star break. They’ve won two in a row only once this season – back in October.

…..The have scored 12 goals in their last two games – 5-1 over Columbus on Tuesday and 7-2 vs. ottawa Thursday.

….In his two games since returning from a 37 game absence with a broken collar bone, Connor McDavid has picked up points on five of the Oilers 12 goals (1g, 4a). He has six goals, 11 assists in 15 games.

…..The Oilers lead the NHL in man games lost to injury. The most recent is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who broke his right hand blocking a shot against Florida. Other key injuries this season included McDavid, Jordan Eberle in training camp (shoulder seperation) and Nail Yakupov (high ankle sprain)

….Jordan Eberle scored three goals against Ottawa Thursday, all assisted by McDavid. In two games with McDavid he has 3 goals, 2 assists. Without McDavid, Eberle had three goals in his previous 18 games.

….Zack Kassian has 2 goals and two assists plus 18 minutes in penalties in 8 games with the Oilers. He is averaging 13:37 and 3.8 hits per game.

….Leon Draisaitl, who scored twice against the Canadiens in the October meeting has five points in his last five games (4g 1a). He ranks third among NHL centres in even strength points (34)


….Ben Scrivens came to the Canadiens Dec. 28 in return for Kassian. He is 0-4 with a 3.84GAA and .873 save percentage. Of the 82 goaltenders listed, Scrivens ranks 79th in goals against and his save percentage 69th.

…..Scrivens has played at least once against every team in the NHL except Edmonton.

….As a member of the Oilers, Scrivens made 29 saves in a 3-0 shutout win over the Canadiens Oct 27, 2014.

….In 31 Oiler appearances, Cam Talbot has a 2.52GAA with a .918 save%.

….Career vs. the Canadiens Talbot is 2-0-1 with a 1.32GAA and .943 save%. His only shutout against Montreal came while a member of the Rangers.

Special Teams

….The Canadiens power play has produced a goal in each of the last four games. Overall their power play ranks 19th in the league (32/178) 18.0%

….The Oilers power play is 5-for-6 the last two games. Overall they’re 12th in the league (29/151) 19.2%.

….Canadiens penalty killers have given up five goals over the last three games and 10 shorthanded situations. Overall they’re now 8th in the league (28/166) 83.1%

….Edmonton penalty killing ranks 14th (29/155) 81.3%.

Edmonton Line Combinations & Pairings

4-Taylor Hall 29-Leon Draisaitl 16-Teddy Purcell

67-Benoit Pouliot 97-Connor McDavid 14-Jordan Eberle

44-Zack Kassian 55-Mark Letestu 10-Nail Yakupov

28-Lauri Korpikoski 23-Matt Hendricks 26-Iiro Pakarinen

2-Andrej Sekera 5-Mark Fayne

88-Brandon Davidson 62-Eric Gryba

25-Darnell Nurse 19-Justin Schultz

33-Cam Talbot

Injuries – D Oscar Klefbom (IR broken thumb); C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (IR broken hand); D Andrew Ference (IR hip surgery)

Healthy Scratches – D Griffin Reinhart; D Adam Clendening; C Anton Lander

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 51-David Desharnais 22-Dale Weise

27-Alex Galchenyuk 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

15-Tomas Fleischmann 81-Lars Eller 42-Sven Andrighetto

32-Brian Flynn 17-Torrey Mitchell 21-Devante Smith-Pelly

79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban

74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry

45-Mark Barberio 77-Tom Gilbert

40-Ben Scrivens

Healthy Scratches – D Nathan Beaulieu; D Greg Pateryn

Injuries – G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Paul Byron (IR lower body); LW Lucas Lessio (IR lower body); LW Daniel Carr (IR knee)