Preview Game #31

Edmonton vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 9, 2017 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Edmonton 28GP (11-15-2) 24pts. 7th in Pacific Division. Canadiens 30GP (13-13-4) 30pts. 4rd in Atlantic Division.

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game December 23rd in Edmonton.

Last Season – Canadiens 1-0-1. @Bell Centre Feb.5th Edmonton-1 Canadien-0 (shootout). Draisaitl with shootout winner. Talbot-22 saves. Montoya 32 saves. @Edmonton March 12th – Canadiens-4 Edmonton-1. Pacioretty and Byron 2 goals each.

Last Ten Games – Edmonton (4-6-0) Canadiens (5-3-2)

Home/Away – Edmonton on the road (6-6-2) . Canadiens at home (8-6-3)

Lineup Changes

….Jonathan Drouin  rejoins the lineup after missing four games with injury/virus.

….Third defence pairing will be Jakub Jerabek and David Schlemko.  Healthy scratches Morrow, Mete & de la Rose

….Brandon Davidson, who was claimed from the Canadiens on waivers last Sunday will make his Edmonton debut on the Oilers third defense pairing.


….In the eight overall meetings since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 3-3-2 vs. Edmonton.

….At the Bell Centre the Canadiens are 1-1-2 vs. the Oilers since the lockout.

….The Oilers have collected at least a point in nine of the last ten visits to the Bell Centre (5-1-4).

….Over the last 17 seasons dating back to Dec. 30, 2000 Edmonton has a 16-6-3 overall record against the Canadiens.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have 30 points in 30 games this season. After 30 games last season they had 42 points (19-7-4)

….The Canadiens have won only 3 of 15 games against Western Conference teams this season (3-10-2). they are 1-5-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

….Over the Canadiens last seven games the Canadiens are 5-1-2. Since their 1-6-1 start to the season the Canadiens have climbed back to .500 for the season with a 12-7-3 record.

….Over the last seven games the Canadiens penalty killers have allowed two goals in 22 times shorthanded – 90.9%.

….Carey Price will start in the Canadiens eighth straight game. The last time he started eight straight was part of eleven in a row Dec 1 to Dec. 29th 2014.

….Max Pacioretty has one goal in his last 12 games along with four assists. In 30 games he has 8 goals and 17 points which would project to a 21 goal and 46 point season.

….Nicolas Deslauriers has recorded 16 hits his last two games and a team-high 43 in the eleven games since his recall on Nov. 15th.

….Daniel Carr has six points and is plus-4 in his four games since re-joining the team from Laval.

About the Oilers

….This is the first of two in 24 hours for the Oilers. They will play in Toronto Sunday. They are 5-10-2 vs. Eastern Conference teams and 2-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season.

….The Oilers have played one game over the last week, a 4-2 home ice loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

….After 28 games last season the Oilers were 14-10-4 for 32 points: this year 11-15-2. and 24 points. At this point they are six points out of the last Western wildcard berth with five teams to overhaul.

….Over their last seven games the Oilers have scored 27 goals including six against Detroit and seven last Saturday vs. Calgary.

….The Oilers special teams have had a difficult season. They have given up more power play goals than any other team and they have scored only 12 power play goals; only Columbus (7) and Buffalo (10) have scored fewer. Their special teams differential is minus-14.

….Edmonton’s power play is 0-for-16 over the last eight games.

….At home Edmonton’s power play is operating at 59.5% – on the road 82.7%.

….The Oilers have had only 74 powerplays this season, fewest in the league.

….Only two teams have given up more goals than the Oilers this season – 3.35 per game and only one has a worse save percentage at .891.


….The Oilers have given up the game”s first goal in 18 of 28 games.  In those games their record is 5-12-1.  when scoring first they’re 6-3-1.

….The Oilers claimed two off the waiver wire this week – from the Canadiens defenseman Brandon Davidson and from Washington left wing Nathan Walker. Walker became the first Australian to play in an NHL game against the Canadiens Oct. 7th . He scored his first and only goal in that game.

….Leon Draisaitl is one assist away from the 100th of his career. None of his 20 points this season have come on the power play.

….Milan Lucic has eight points in his last eight games. He was moved to the first line with Connor McDavid six games ago.

….Zach Kassian has five points in his last five games. He had four points in his first 23 this season.

….With goaltender Cam Talbot out with an injury, Laurent Brossoit has started the last three Edmotnon games allowing 13 goals. Brossoit led the Edmonton Oil Kings to a WHL Championship and a berth in the 2012 Memorial Cup.

….The Oilers acquired Ryan Strome from the Islanders in return for Jordan Eberle. Strome has 11 points in 28 games for the Oilers. Eberle with 12 goals and 21 points for the islanders.


….In 18 starts this season Carey Price has a record of 8-8-2 record with 2 shutouts, a .904 save% and 3.00GAA.

….In his seven starts since returning from injury-reserve Price has allowed 13 goals for a GAA of 1.85 and a save% of .941 and one shutout.

….Laurent Brossoit has a season record of 1-5-1 with a 3.80GAA and a save percentage of .872.

Special TeamsPower Play – Edmonton ranked 29th (12/72) 16.7%. Canadiens ranked 19th (17/98) 17.3%. Penalty Killing – Edmonton ranked 31st (26/94) 72.3%. Canadiens ranked 21st (21/99) 78.8%.

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 65-Andrew Shaw

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 41-Paul Byron

54-Charles Hudon 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

41-Daniel Carr 42-Byron Froese 20-Nicolas Deslauriers

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

8 Jordie Benn 6-Shea Weber

45-Joe Morrow 21-David Schlemko

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– D Joe Morrow;  D Victor Mete; C Jacob de la Rose

Injuries – RW Artturi Lehkonen (lower body); G Al Montoya (concussion); RW Nikita Scherbak (IR knee surgery); RW Ales Hemsky (IR concussion); Season Opening IR – LW Jeremiah Addison (shoulder surgery).

Edmonton Lines & Pairings

27-Milan Lucic 97-Connor McDavid 98-Jesse Puljujarvi

19-Patrick Maroon 93-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 13-Michael Cammalleri

12-Nathan Walker 29-Leon Draisaitl 58-Anton Slepyshev

16-Jujhar Khaira 55-Mark Letestu 44-Zack Kassian

25-Darnell Nurse 4-Kriss Russell

77-Oscar Klefbom 83-Matt Benning

81-Yohann Auvitu 88-Brandon Davidson

1-Laurent Brossoit

Injuries – D Andrej Sekera (IR knee surgery); G Cam Talbot (IR upper body); D Adam Larsson (IR upper body)

Healthy Scratches – D Eric Gryba; C Drake Caggiula