The NHL is set up with a solid night of action on April 5. Seven games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these matchups will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a great game in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
The Oilers have started out this season with a record of 23-14-1, which has them sitting in second place of the North Division. Edmonton has been solid throughout this season, but have had some time off as of late. The Oilers have gone 2-1-1 in their last four games, which is all they have played in the last two weeks. Edmonton will look to get going quickly in this one.
Montreal has put up a record of 16-9-9 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the North Division. The Canadiens are only ten points out of the top spot and will look to get going quickly in this one. Montreal is coming off a loss, but have won three of their last four. The Canadiens will look to get back in the win column on Monday night.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a great game on Monday night. The Oilers have not found much of a rhythm as of late, having four games cancelled in the last two weeks. Edmonton will look to come out hot in this one after having a couple of days off in this one. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The Oilers and the Canadiens have met up four times so far this season. Edmonton hosted the first game of the season series on January 16. Slater Koekkoek scored for their Oilers, but it was not enough. Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar each scored twice on the night. Carey Price finished with 34 saves on 35 shots to help lead Montreal to a 5-1 win on the road.
The second game of the season series stayed in Edmonton on January 18. Devin Shore had a shorthanded goal for the Oilers, but it was once again not enough. Alexander Romanov, Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen each scored for Montreal. Jake Allen stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced to help the Canadiens earn a 3-1 win in this one.
Montreal hosted the third game of the season series on February 11. Jujhar Khaira, Darnell Nurse and Tyson Barrie all scored for Edmonton in this one. Jake Allen finished with 28 saves on 31 shots, but this time it was not enough. Mike Smith earned a 38 shot shutout to help give the Oilers a 3-0 win to bounce back on the road.
The fourth and most recent game of the season series stayed in Montreal on March 30. Brenden Gallagher and Artturi Lehkonen both had a goal and an assist on the night. Paul Byron and Phillip Danault each earned two assists. Carey Price stopped all 17 shots he faced to help give the Canadiens a 4-0 win in this one.
Edmonton has been really strong on the power play throughout this season. The Oilers have scored on 32 of their 121 power play opportunities, which is a 26.5 percent success rate. Edmonton has struggled a bit on the penalty kill though. The Oilers have killed off 85 of the 109 penalties against them, which is a 78 percent penalty kill.
The Canadiens have also been solid on the power play so far this season. Montreal has capitalized on 21 of their 96 power play attempts, which is a 21.9 percent power play. The Canadiens have not been great on the penalty kill either. Montreal has given up 27 goals on their opponents 113 power play chances, which is a 76.1 percent kill rate.
These two teams have a chance to have a big night on the power play in this one. The Oilers have the edge on the power play and penalty kill and will look to use that to their advantage. Edmonton has been a bit better on both sides of special teams. The Oilers were shut out in their last game against Montreal and will look to use the power play to gain momentum in this one.
I expect Mike Smith to get the nod in the crease for the Oilers in this one. Smith has earned a record of 13-3-1 throughout his starts this season. He has put up a .919 save percentage and a GAA of 2.39 throughout those games played. Smith’s last start was against the Calgary Flames, where he stopped 24 of 26 shots in route to the win.
Carey Price will likely get the start in the net for Montreal on Monday night. Price has started in 22 games this season, going 11-6-5 throughout those starts. He has posted a save percentage of .902 and a 2.70 GAA in his starts. Price finished with 26 saves on 31 shots in his last start against the Ottawa Senators, which was not enough for the win.
Both goalies have put up solid numbers throughout this season. Mike Smith gives a slight edge to Edmonton in this one. Smith has been strong in the starting role throughout this season and will look to bounce back in this one. Price is coming off a forgettable performance in his last start and will look to shake it off early on Monday night.
The Canadiens have been up and down throughout this season, but have been able to go up 3-1 in the season series against Edmonton. The Oilers will look to bounce back in this one as they try to catch up with the Maple Leafs. Edmonton has struggled to find some consistency with all the pauses as of late, but I think they will look for some revenge in this one after being shutout by Montreal a few days ago.
BetOnline has the Canadiens listed as a -124 against the money line in this one. This implies that Montreal will win this game around 55.4 percent of the time. The Canadiens have been solid throughout this season, but I think that this game should be much closer to even. I think the Oilers have a good chance to win this one. As underdogs on Monday night, I really like the value on Edmonton.