The Edmonton Oilers are the beneficiary of the schedule when they host the Montreal Canadiens tonight. The Habs are playing the second half of their back-to-back contests and are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames last night. The always well represented Canadiens (from a fan standpoint) will be out to avenge the loss and get back in the win column as they continue their west coast trip.
For the Oilers, it’s their first game since Monday that saw them ferociously storm back against the New Jersey Devils and pick up that elusive first win of the season. The challenge now is to channel that emotion that was experienced in the third period of Monday’s game and utilize it tonight to help get the edge on the Canadiens. A strong start is essential to the Oilers success tonight with Devan Dubnyk starting in goal. He needs to make some saves early and often and hope that his teammates give him the lead. Confidence is a funny thing and when you don’t have a lot of it, the smallest play can make or break you.
Tonight marks the last home game for the Oilers before heading out on that nasty six-game road trip out east that will see them away from Rexall for almost two weeks. Needless to say, having the team at .500 before embarking on a difficult swing to the east coast would put this club in a much better position than if they were to head out at 1-3.
Lou Brown from the movie Major League has a famous quote about a winning streak. For the Oilers that applies as they head into tonight. Before we look at the lineup, let’s revisit the words of wisdom from Mr. Brown:
We won a game yesterday. We win today, that’s two in a row. We win tomorrow that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before – Lou Brown.