Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens Pre-Game

The Edmonton Oilers are about an hour away from puck drop here are a few quick notes from the upcoming game.

Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki (14) and Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97)
Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki (14) and Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

In a game in which the Edmonton Oilers are coming in as heavy favorite they look to try and close the gap on the Vancouver Canucks and at the same time pull ahead from the Los Angeles Kings and Las Vegas Golden Knights. On the other side of the coin the Montreal Canadiens are basically eliminated from the playoffs and now look to plauy spoiler.

Edmonton Oilers Projected Lineup

Nugent-Hopkins - McDavid - Hyman
McLeod - Draisaitl - Foegele
Kane - Henrique - Brown
Janmark - Carrick - Perry

Ekholm - Bouchard
Nurse - Stecher
Kulak - Ceci


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Montreal Canadien Projected Lines

Caufield - Suzuki - Slafkovsky
Roy - Newhook - Armia
Gallagher - Evans - Anderson
Pezzetta - White - Harvey-Pinard

Matheson - Guhle
Xhekaj - Savard
Harris - Kovacevic


On paper the there is no doubt the Edmonton Oilers are favoured to win this game. The only way I can see the Oilers losing this game is if the Oilers take it easy on the Canadiens. The Habs to have some skill on their first line. This reminds me of a decade of darkness Oilers team when they had Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins carrying this team.

It is crazy to see how far the Oilers have come since those days, but it should show some hope for the Canadiens fans as it eventually will get better. It may not be right away, but eventually it will.

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The Edmonton Oilers look to start another winning streak after losing in overtime on Saturday to a good Colorado Avalanche team. With under a month left in the regular season the team need to start getting ready for playoff hockey. What I would like to see is the Oilers win this game farily handliy as they are the better team. This team can no longer afford to have weak game as the season winds down. The team wants to win the Cup and they need to show everyone they are ready.