Plekanec leads Les Habitants in points. Photo courtesy NHL.com

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The Oilers are winners of three of their last five.  While that’s not an impressive stat per se; it is when all you have are seven wins on the season.  Tonight, the Oilers take their brigade of tricks into Le Centre Bell for this evening’s matchup against the Montréal Canadiens.

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Edmonton Oilers @ Montréal Canadiens – Game 24

01 DEC 2010 – 5:30 MST / 7:30 EST

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*NB* – First things first, and totally unrelated to the Edmonton Oilers – I really, really don’t like Patrick Roy, and most of it is through no fault of his.  He’s a fantastic player, a four-time Stanley Cup winning goaltender, a true innovator to the game, and it goes without saying that he’s one of the best to ever to play the position.  The reason that Roy and I will probably never break bread at the same table is (one, he’s a four time Stanley Cup winning goaltender, and I’m Jeff Chapman), is that he was involved in a trade that totally crushed whatever career my favourite player had in front of him. I remember it well. December 1995:  Montréal traded Patrick Roy and Mike Keane to the newly minted Colorado Avalanche for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucisnky and Andrei Kovalenko.  Patrick Roy got out of a bloodbath in Montréal, and promptly assumed the number one goaltender position in Colorado over my favourite player Stéphane Fiset.  Goes without saying that if the Nordiques stayed the Nordiques, Patrick Roy wouldn’t have come within a mile of being teammates with Joe Sakic at Le Colisee.  Patrick Roy won two more Stanley Cups in his career.  Fiset won as a backup to Roy in 1996, and was promptly traded to the LA Kings for Pierre Lacroix’s son Eric, where Fiset (amidst groin injuries and otherwise) would never win a playoff game again.  Not jaded.  Nope.

Rant over.  Onward!

Things to look for

  • Devan Dubnyk will be starting tonight in goal for the Oilers.  I pray to whatever deity you fancy that Dubnyk takes the ball and runs with it tonight.  I know that this is year 4 + X in the rebuild of the Edmonton Oilers, but I’d like to see some more wins than losses right now.  I believe that Devan Dubnyk is the goaltender on the squad that gives Edmonton the best chance to win tonight’s game, and I get what I want.  Sometimes.
  • ALES HEMSKY is back, friend.  Hemsky will be suiting up for tonight’s action at the Bell Centre.  Welcome back.  Put on a helmet.
  • Tomas Plekanec is Montréal’s leading scorer coming into tonight’s game with 23 points (8G-15A) in 23 games.
  • Edmonton will attempt to keep their PK streak alive tonight, attempting the previously unheard of two games in a row without a powerplay goal allowed.  We’ll see what that looks like in about four hours.

Edmonton fared well in Ottawa after the first period.  Let’s see what Team Oilers has up their sleeves tonight.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS

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